Doncaster Rovers have confirmed they are discussing "a proposed takeover" after reports One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is involved in a joint bid to buy the club.

The singer, who earlier this week was caught up in a drug scandal after footage emerged seeming to show him and bandmate Zayn Malik smoking cannabis, is a devoted Rovers fan.

He made his professional football debut for the team's reserves earlier this year which attracted thousands of young fans to the game.

The Sun reported he has joined forces with the club's former owner John Ryan, who is still a major shareholder, to buy the club who were relegated to League One from the Championship at the end of the season.

In a statement, the club said: " Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.

"At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions, but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.

"The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on the summer transfer activity.

"Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term."

Earlier this month, One Direction were named fourth in the Sunday Times Rich List of young musicians with an estimated fortune of £14 million each and a combined wealth of £70 million.