Wage negotiations have held up Rovers’ bid to sign former West Bromwich Albion defender Gabriel Tamas, the Star understands.
Reports in Tamas’ native Romania claiming the centre half had penned a six month deal at Rovers are wide of the mark.
Articles in Romania claimed Tamas would be paid £200,000 for a six month stint at the Keepmoat.
But at almost £8,000 per week, such a deal would be beyond Rovers at this time.
It is understood that the 30-year-old met with Rovers officials late last week but failed to agree a deal.
Paul Dickov last week revealed he hoped to sign a versatile defender who could play at centre half or right back but a new striker would remain his main priority.
The departures of David Syers, Martin Woods, James Harper and Billy Paynter have freed up extra funds for Dickov to use in the transfer window.
Tamas has been without a club since October when he left FC Cluj after just a week at the club following an incident on a night out.
The Romania international left West Brom last summer after three years at the Hawthorns.
Long term injury victims Paul Keegan and Jamie McCombe both played an hour for the reserves yesterday.
Dickov is confident Keegan will be back in contention for the first team this weekend against Wigan.