Saunders eyes Diouf stay

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El-Hadji Diouf

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El-Hadji Diouf

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders will turn his attention to keeping El-Hadji Diouf at the Keepmoat Stadium following top-scorer Billy Sharp's departure to Southampton.

Rovers announced they had agreed an 18-month contract with Diouf in December, but the Senegal international has yet to pen the deal and his current short-term agreement with the npower Championship club is due to expire on Tuesday.

"We are trying to sort out a deal with Diouf," Saunders told the Yorkshire Post. "It's been on hold because of Billy's situation."

He added: "He's got other offers, he's in demand. He is only 30 and he has won the African Player of the Year twice. Getting players to come to the club is a lot easier with him being here."

Saunders hopes the undisclosed fee received for Sharp's move to Saints, reported to be in the region of £2million, can be reinvested into his squad, but admitted Rovers' current boardroom turmoil - four directors quit the club last week - may hinder this ambition.

"I would like to think we have got some money we can put back into the team - but I understand the club has got a few problems behind-the-scenes financially," he added.

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