Bristol Rovers manager Paul Buckle has confirmed that striker Joe Kuffour will be sent out on loan this season after failing to secure a permanent deal away from the Memorial Stadium during the summer transfer window.

Despite receiving offers from clubs in Npower League One, Kuffour's insistence that he play his football closer to London reduced his options.

And Buckle says the next option will be to loan the 29-year-old out for the first part of the season.

"He's definitely in the departure lounge," Buckle said.

"It will have to be a loan now the window has closed, we were confident he would go yesterday but sometimes players are not willing to compromise.

"It's a very small market for Kuffour as he wants to go back to London. We've had interest from League One clubs around the country but he's not interested."

Kuffour has scored just once in six appearances this season, and had reportedly been linked with a move to Northampton Town following the departure of Shaun Harrad.


"I was hoping Jo would go yesterday [Wednesday] because he wants to leave the club and when a player expresses a wish to leave then the quicker you can do it the better," Buckle added.

"I won't mince my words - if players don't want to play for the club they've got to go and I won't tip-toe around it."

"Jo is someone who, if he's in the building, you're always tempted to play him," added Buckle.

"But if you look at his goal record over the past few months it's not great. I've played Jo and I've played [Chris] Zebroski and Zebs has taken his opportunities up front.

"As long as he gets his head down in training and pulls his weight, I won't have any problems."

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