Rovers show interest in Owls full back

OUT of favour Sheffield Wednesday defender Tommy Spurr could be the man to fill the problem left back spot at Doncaster Rovers next season, writes Peter Catt.

It is believed that Spurr has been told he can leave Hillsborough if the club receives the right offer...and Rovers seem interested.

Manager Sean O’Driscoll told the Free Press: “I’m led to understand Tommy is available.

“We need a left back and he fits the bill.

“But that’s a long way from saying we are going to sign him.

“We have several irons in the fire and in every case it depends on what it is going to cost us - whether or not a fee is involved and what the player’s wage demands are.”

Although he is only 23, Spurr has made over 200 first team appearances for the Owls and has captained the side on occasions.

He became a regular in the starting line up almost immediately, having made his debut at the age of 18, and was quickly rated one of the club’s most promising players with Wednesday twice turning down bids to sign him from Queens Park Rangers.

Signing a specialist left back is a priority for O’Driscoll after he successfully converted George Friend to centre half last season.

Friend became a big hit in the role and is rumoured to be attracting interest from Leeds United although O’Driscoll said yesterday: “We have not been approached by anyone about George.”

The Doncaster boss similarly dismissed a report linking young keeper Gary Woods with Everton, who are supposed to be interested in signing him as back up to Tim Howard.

Rovers themselves have been linked with other players including former Sunderland and Rangers striker David Healy who impressed during a spell on loan at the Keepmoat last season.

But there has been no further progress in the bid to sign Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason.

Rovers are keen to work out a deal to sign him permanently or on loan for the season but Harry Redknapp has yet to make a decision about the player’s future.

Five first team friendlies have now been confirmed - all away from home - at Armthorpe Welfare on July 7, Mansfield on July 19, Carlisle on July 23, Sheffield United on July 26 and Grimsby on July 29.

O’Driscoll said: “I would have loved a game at home but we can’t because of the Westliffe concert at the end of next month.”

n Rovers could receive an unexpected windfall of around £500,000, through a sell on clause, if former defender Matt Mills is signed by Wolves from Reading.