Diouf agrees to 18 month deal with Rovers

ROVERS boss Dean Saunders has confirmed El Hadji Diouf has turned down a big money move to Russia and has agreed to sign an 18 month deal to stay at Doncaster.

Diouf is said to be very happy in Doncaster and would relish the opportunity to stay to help Rovers’ survival battle.

His wages look set to be modest in comparison to his previous earnings and would be dwarfed by those he would likely have received if he took up an offer from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Dean Saunders told the press today that Diouf will become the biggest signing in the club’s history - when he puts pen to paper on the deal.

Saunders is hoping the Senegalese forward signs the extension by the close of play on Friday.

Saunders said: “Dioufy is very happy at Doncaster and the fans here have made him very welcome.

“He wants to be part of what we’re trying to achieve at this football club.

“This season is all about surviving but next season I want us to be challenging at the other end of the table.

“This signing will hopefully help us achieve both of those things.

“Some big clubs have been interested in El Hadji but he’s settled at Doncaster - and some times there’s more to life than money.

“I’m hoping this deal will help me persuade Pascal [Chimbonda], Habib Beye and Herita Ilunga to stay for the rest of the season.”