Here's what in-form striker Kyle Vassell has to say about the chance of him leaving Rotherham United during the transfer window.

By Paul Davis | 20/01/2020

Here's what in-form striker Kyle Vassell has to say about the chance of him leaving Rotherham United during the transfer window.
Kyle Vassell

WANTED man Kyle Vassell has pledged his commitment to Rotherham United by revealing he is going nowhere in the January transfer window.

The in-form striker came close to joining Salford City in the summer and the big-spending League Two outfit remain admirers.

His recent scoring exploits, which have helped shoot the Millers to the top of League One, haven’t gone unnoticed at other clubs either.

However, the 26-year-old is finally getting a run in his favourite centre-forward role and isn’t anticipating an exit from AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“I’m a Rotherham player, the gaffer doesn’t want me to leave, so I’m staying here,” he said.

Vassell has spent much of his time on the treatment table or on the left wing since his move from Blackpool in the summer of 2018.

But he has sprung to life recently after being given his chance as a ‘number 9’, grabbing four goals in his last four outings and teaming up impressively with Michael Smith in a 4-4-2 formation.

“I think that when you’ve got a player doing well there is always going to be interest from other clubs,” he said.

“I’m happy to stay, of course I am.”

Rotherham would still like to bring in Curtis Tilt but accept they will have to wait until the end of the season before making another move for the Blackpool centre-half.

Tilt, the subject of a £300,000 Millers bid last summer, is out of contract with the Seasiders at the end of June.

Manager Paul Warne acknowledged at last week’s fans forum at New York that Blackpool are unlikely to sell their defender to a League One rival in this transfer window.

The boss has been braced for offers for at least two of his players but those bids have yet to materialise.

“I thought a richer club would have come in for one of my strikers but fortunately they have been sidetracked by someone else,” he said.  “That is quite a result for me. I think it’s a dead end.”

However, Warne knows things can change quickly as deadline day draws nearer.

He said: “I could have a player knock on my door and say: ‘Gaffer, X club want to give me ten grand a week and they are prepared to pay £300,000 for me. I really want to go, my missus wants to go and I have been on Rightmove looking for a house.’

“You’re, like, ‘Jesus’. You’re always one knock away from a disaster. At the moment there haven’t been the offers from clubs I thought would offer on my players, but it wouldn’t surprise me if something does happen. When it does I will have to address it.”

Meanwhile, Warne, still in the market for a forward and a defender this month after signing winger Hakeeb Adelakun on loan, will be glad when the window closes and he can concentrate solely on Rotherham’s promotion push.

“I don’t want to wish my life away but January is a month where I think most managers would like to wake up and it be February 1,” he said.

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