Paul Dickov will today demand a definitive answer from Richie Wellens on whether he is to leave Doncaster Rovers ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
Wellens has opened talks with another club over a potential move after being granted permission by Dickov over the weekend.
The veteran midfielder was omitted from Rovers’ squad to face Fleetwood Town on Saturday but Dickov has not closed the door on him staying at the club.
The Star understands Wellens’ desire to discuss a move with the interested club is primarily due to its location, conveniently close to his Lancashire home.
One of the conditions of Dickov allowing Wellens to speak to another club was that his future would be determined either way by Monday, to ensure the Rovers boss has no issues in bringing in a replacement ahead of Tuesday’s 6pm transfer deadline.
Dickov has lined up a Championship midfielder to replace Wellens and is confident he will be able to act swiftly to sign the player.
The target has played second tier football for the last three years and switched clubs in the summer but has struggled for game time so far this term.
Dickov quashed rumours he and Wellens had fallen out and also denied the midfielder had asked to be placed on the transfer list.
He told the Star: “I know there’s been rumours we’ve had a fall out but that’s definitely not the case.”
“He’s not asked to go on the transfer list either.
“There is another club interested in him and I’ve given him permission to talk to them.
“But if he goes, he goes on my terms and I’d like it to be all wrapped up one way or another by Monday.
“If he goes, I’ll wish him good luck and if he stays I’ll be delighted.”
On top of signing a replacement for Wellens should he depart, Dickov is hopeful of bringing in ‘one or two’ more players before the deadline.
The Rovers boss is keen to get his business done well ahead of the deadline due to tomorrow night’s JP Trophy clash with Burton Albion.