ROTHERHAM United admit it would be a bonus if midfield man Tom Adeyemi returns to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The player was one of the few bright lights of the club's Championship relegation season, scoring seven goals in a long-term loan from Cardiff City.
Soon to fall out of contract in South Wales, he has gone away to ponder his options which include an attractive deal from the Millers.
But now a month into the close season, Rotherham are as aware as ever that the lure of staying in the Championship is likely to be the deciding factor for the 25-year-old.
Assistant manager Richie Barker told the Advertiser: "I think it would be a real bonus if it came off as opposed to an expectation. The club has always reiterated its aim to try and keep Tom but it was always going to be a difficult one.
"As far as I know it is a 'no' at the minute but you never know."
Rotherham want five more new signings to add to their only summer recruit so far, defender Michael Ihiekwe.
They are in the chase for experienced midfielder Darren Potter, with whom Barker worked at MK Dons, and Fleetwood Town striker David Ball.
"He is a player who is on our list," added Barker. "He's available on a free and scored a few goals last year at League One level so he is on many other lists as well."
The first team squad report back for pre-season training on June 29 and depart for a training camp in Austria in early July.
Catch this week's Advertiser for the latest on the Millers' summer recruitment push.