Doncaster Rovers sign El Hadji Diouf

New Doncaster Rovers signing El Hadji Diouf.
New Doncaster Rovers signing El Hadji Diouf.

ROVERS have completed one of the most eye-catching transfers in the club’s history by capturing Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf.

The 30-year-old forward has courted controversy almost everywhere he has gone in the game.

But the former Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and Blackburn forward also has the Premier League credentials that Dean Saunders wants to inject into his squad - and Rovers’ boss has used his powers of persuasion to tempt Diouf to South Yorkshire.

Diouf’s arrival on a three-month deal ends lengthy talks between the twice African Footballer of the Year and Doncaster.

Diouf trained with West Ham United last week but his former boss Sam Allardyce decided not to offer him a deal - claiming the African forward was not fit enough for the Hammers to pursue a deal.

Several other Premier League clubs were also believed to be interested in recruiting the free agent.

But it’s Rovers who have won the race for his signature and Diouf could now make his Doncaster debut at home to Middlesbrough tomorrow night - if he can prove his fitness.

Diouf cost Liverpool £10 million when he moved to Liverpool in 2002, on the back of a superb World Cup which saw him named in the tournament’s All-Star team.

He spent the second half of last season at Glasgow Rangers, helping the Scottish giants to an SPL and League Cup double.