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Dickov still holds Tamas hope

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov hopes there is still a deal to be done for former West Bromwich Albion centre-half Gabriel Tamas.

The 30-year-old Romanian left The Hawthorns by mutual consent in September, freeing him to head home and sign for CFR Cluj.

He was, however, to be contracted to them for a matter of days before having his deal torn up.

Tamas is now looking for a route back to England and has been training with Doncaster.

He is hoping that a short-term agreement can be put in place, and Dickov is confident a compromise can be reached and interest from elsewhere fended off.

He said in the Doncaster Free Press: "I've been reading all these stories that his wage demands are too high and everything else. But we're looking to sort a deal out with Gabby.

"He's someone that we feel would improve the squad massively.

"He's a top player, he played for West Brom in the Premier League last year, and he can play at centre-half or right-back.

"I've spoken to lots of people about him, including Steve Clarke and Roy Hodgson.

"He's had a couple of mishaps over the last couple of years but the reports we've had back is if you can sign him, take him. We're hopeful we can get something done.

"Because of the quality of the player and the experience he has, there's other clubs interested.

"We're just happy to have him here and keep him in Doncaster while we try and sort something out.

"He's not played for a while but he is super fit. He loves defending and he's comfortable on the ball. If we can get him, it'd be a massive coup for us."