With the Rhodes bid coming to a dead end and Sharp rejecting Leicester, expect Allardyce to swoop for Billy Boy and to take Hell Hadji too, now the spitting demon has achieved full match fitness with Doncaster.
Sharp will offer the promise of goals and is available at a price that will enable Allardyce to offload him in the summer after promotion is achieved. Diouf, meanwhile, has yet to sign for Doncaster and would jump at the chance of a contract until the end of the season and the opportunity to prove himself worthy of an extended deal, and another stab at the Premiership; and he would provide an attacking alternative to Taylor for the left flank.
The purists won't like it, but Doctor Evil won't care about that! Both Sharp and Diouf will suit his pragmatic agenda perfectly, and leave him with money to spare to add a younger, more exciting striker if one can be sourced.