A winger and a centre-half ... Rotherham United ready for incomings on deadline day

A winger and a centre-half ... Rotherham United ready for incomings on deadline day

By Paul Davis | 30/01/2020

A winger and a centre-half ... Rotherham United ready for incomings on deadline day
Paul Warne

ROTHERHAM United are looking to wrap up a permanent deal for a defender and a loan move for a left winger before the close of tomorrow's January transfer window.

Manager Paul Warne was meeting with two targets yesterday afternoon as he looks to boost his League One table-topping squad for the promotion run-in.

Two wide players from Championship clubs are under consideration, although only one of them is likely to come through the door.

Warne, whose team face Burton Albion at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday, also wants to add to his defensive options now that central defender Clark Robertson has broken a bone in his foot and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The boss acknowledges he is down on numbers after loan winger Jake Hastie returned to parent club Glasgow Rangers this week and striker Jerry Yates was allowed to rejoin League Two Swindon Town for the rest of the season.

"I think we need someone out wide, someone who can offer us something a bit different," Warne said.

"I've got this other issue with Robbo as well. I may need to press a button on centre-half cover. I have only three fit centre-halves and they're all in the team.

"In an ideal world they would all stay fit for the last 16 games but I have to manage the club on the basis of worst-case scenario."

The Advertiser understands the centre-half target plays for a League One side.

Warne said this morning: "I'm meeting two players. I'm supposed to be at my daughter's parents evening. That isn't happening and has gone down really well with my missus, as you can imagine.

"I'll meet them and see if they like me and if I like them and if the finances add up. Hopefully something will happen."

Robertson broke a metatarsal bone while running during his rehabilitation from stomach surgery. Two scans failed to reveal the extent of the damage and the 26-year-old has seen a specialist.

"He's in a bit of pain and wearing a protective boot," Warne said. "He could be back at the end of February/beginning of March but there are a lot of ifs. He may not recover until the end of April/beginning of May.

"If something was to happen to one of my centre-halves in that time I'd be a little bit thin in that department."

The only arrival this month has been winger Hakeeb Adelakun on loan from Bristol City but Warne was never planning to make many new signings after rebuilding his squad in the summer.