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Richie Wellens could be set for a return to Doncaster

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Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens could be set for a return to his former club Doncaster.

The Mercury understands Rovers' new boss Paul Dickov is "very interested" in acquiring the services of the 33-year-old.

The League One champions are looking to add experience to their squad ahead of next season's Championship survival campaign.

Wellens has fallen out of favour at City, making just four appearances for them last season as well as being sent on a month-long loan stint to Ipswich as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury.

That is compared to 46 appearances the former club captain made the season before when he was a linchpin of Nigel Pearson's first-team squad.

Former City striker Dickov knows Wellens well from their time together during the Scot's second stint at the club from 2008-2010 and he is said to be keen to work with him again.

Doncaster is a club Wellens knows extremely well, having made 97 appearances for them between 2007-09 before making the £1million switch to City.

It is understood that preliminary discussions have already been made over a potential return to the Keepmoat Stadium for Wellens, but that Dickov is looking to spend as little as possible to do so.

Wellens still has one year left on his contract and it is not yet known whether or not he will be released from it, or whether Doncaster would be expected to pay a fee to acquire him.

Agreeing terms could also be a potential sticking point in the deal as Doncaster would not be able to match the wages that Wellens is currently on at City.

But with Dickov so keen to get Wellens on board, and his future at City seemingly over, it looks like it could be a deal which suits both parties.

City declined to comment on the situation.

It marks the beginning of a potential summer overhaul at the King Power Stadium as Pearson looks to shape his squad for next season's promotion push, while also making sure the club comply with looming Financial Fair Play regulations.

This follows the news yesterday that Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger was quoted in the Irish press as being "surplus to requirements" at City and should try to find a new club.

It is also understood that Pearson's former club, newly-promoted Hull, have Kasper Schmeichel on their list of summer targets as a deal with Fulham for loanee goalkeeper David Stockdale looks to be falling through.

Richie Wellens could be set for a return to Doncaster


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