ROTHERHAM are looking to complete their transfer-window recruitment by bringing in a winger before the end of Friday’s deadline day.
The Championship Millers need cover on the right flank after losing flyer Chiedozie Ogbene to a knee injury for four months and have identified the man they want to replace him.
The Advertiser understands they have held talks with Derby County over flyer Florian Jozefzoon and that the 29-year-old is open to a loan move to AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The attacker, born in South America but brought up in Holland, made his name with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven and has significant second-tier experience with Brentford and the Rams.
Derby signed him for £2.75 million from the Bees in July 2018 but he has fallen out of favour under their manager, Phillip Cocu, and hasn’t played for them this season.
“With the help of the recruitment team, we’ve highlighted the right winger we want to bring in,” Rotherham boss Paul Warne said.
“I think the player wants to come. It’s just whether the clubs can agree the wages, which is always a difficult one.
“It would be a loan. The lad can play on either wing and he can run. Boy, can he run. He has pace and power.”
Warne, who has made eight signings since the end of last season, is self-isolating at his Tickhill home because of a coronavirus case in his family and will miss Saturday’s visit of his hometown club, Norwich City and Tuesday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
The window closes at 5pm on Friday and the manager believes all his main players will stay, despite previous interest from Forest in midfielder Matt Crooks.
“I’m confident of keeping all the players I want to keep, 100 per cent,” he said.
“I haven’t had offers for any of my players apart from an earlier approach for Crooksy.”
Last year’s loan star, midfield man Dan Barlaser, could make his first Rotherham appearance this weekend since leaving Newcastle United and signing a three-year deal at New York.
“I wouldn’t say Dan’s 100 per cent physically settled in yet because he’s trained with us for only a few days, but from a humanistic point of view he has,” Warne said.
“He knows all the lads. It feels like his home. We’ll decide how we’re going to play against Norwich and whether Dan will play a part.”
Warne had been cautious in his reaction to Project Big Picture — the scheme proposed by Manchester United and Liverpool that would have given lower-league clubs a lump sum to combat the financial effects of coronavirus and a much bigger share of Premier League TV revenue in return for the decision-making on the game’s future to rest with nine top-flight clubs.
“I understand there is a need for action because there are clubs close to going to the wall,” he said. “I’ve done plenty of interviews about the importance of football in society. It’s essential to save clubs.
“Anything that is being discussed is a good thing in my eyes. Something will have to happen.”
COVID-19 BARRIER TO LOAN EXITS
THE financial effects of coronavirus could hit Rotherham United’s attempts to send out some of their fringe men on loan.
The Championship Millers have to declare a 25-man squad after this Friday’s close of the transfer window and have too many players on their roster.
Manager Paul Warne believes at least two of his group will depart on temporary moves but, with salary caps and smaller squad sizes introduced in Leagues One and Two because of Covid-19, concedes the number could be zero.
“Two or three players on the periphery might go out and play games elsewhere until January,” he said. “But because of what coronavirus has done to clubs’ finances, it’s not as easy for players to move on as before.
“In previous seasons, clubs would have been snapping at my heels trying to take some of my players. Now, everybody, understandably, is a little bit more cautious in this window.
“It has nothing to do with the ability of my players or a lack of desire to go and play football. The opportunities aren’t as great as they once were. Two might go out on loan. But, in all sincerity, it might also be none.”
Rotherham would like centre-half Curtis Tilt to go out and build up his match-fitness after hip surgery while striker Jamie Proctor and defender Adam Thompson would also find more game-time away from AESSEAL New York Stadium.
There have been several enquiries but no deals have yet been struck.
“A lot of clubs are thinking their business is done,” Warne said. “We’ve done all we can. We’ve spoken to the players concerned and tried to help as best we can.
“We’ve tried to significantly help the loaning club financially in terms of how much of the player’s wages we keep paying.
“It’s worth it to me because I want the players to play I and want them to be happy.”