Rovers linked with Paynter
Saunders hopes he is close to making a new signing
Last Updated: July 27, 2012 10:05pm
Billy Paynter: Leeds United striker has been linked with a move to Doncaster Rovers
Doncaster Rovers manager Dean Saunders is optimistic he is close to improving his squad amid reports the club want to sign Leeds United striker Billy Paynter.
Saunders is set to create room in his budget for new signings by offloading George Friend after a fee was agreed with Middlesbrough for the defender.
The Rovers boss wants to build a squad capable of securing an immediate return to the Championship and feels he is on the brink of making a signing.
"I'm hoping to do a couple of deals over the next day or two," said Saunders.
Leeds forward Paynter, who was placed on the transfer list at the end of last season, has been heavily linked with a move to the Keepmoat Stadium.
The 28-year-old has scored just three times in 27 league appearances since joining from Swindon Town in 2010 and was sent to Brighton on loan last season.