Rotherham United look to seal deals for goalkeeper and defender

Rotherham United look to seal deals for goalkeeper and defender

By David Beddows | 13/08/2020

Rotherham United look to seal deals for goalkeeper and defender


ROTHERHAM United manager Paul Warne is hoping to wrap up two more signings by the end of the week after the door closed on a return for Leicester City goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.

A stopper and a defender are in the boss's sights as the club looks to follow up this week's capture of former Doncaster Rovers attacker Kieran Sadlier.

Warne ideally wants two goalkeepers ready for the return to the Championship and Iversen would have been a good fit after impressing on a season-long loan last term.

The 23-year-old Dane's loan move to Belgium this week to Leicester's sister club, OH Leuven, ended the possibility of a second year at the AESSEAL New York Stadium but Warne and his staff have been pursuing several options.

He told the Advertiser: “We are speaking to a few goalkeepers at the moment and all being well we should be in a position to get a goalkeeper and a centre-half into the building by the end of the week.

“In fairness I have always loaned my goalkeepers, which isn't ideal but they've suited the way we want to play. Like Marek Rodak, who we had on loan from Fulham, we always knew this could happen with Daniel. We kept Marek for two years and it would have been ideal to keep Iversen as well. 

Daniel Iversen.

“His club control where he goes, not us. It's disappointing but that's how it is. There's no drama but I need to get a number one in, that's for sure.”

Warne said last week that he needs two goalkeepers, two wingers, one or two strikers, a central midfielder and more full-back cover to get his squad fighting fit for the Championship.

The acquisition of Sadlier on a two-year deal has added a versatile operator who can play out wide or more centrally as a number ten and has an eye for goal.

He is the second signing of the summer after winger Mickel Miller joined from SPL outfit Hamilton last month.

The acquisition of a centre-half, should it happen this week, would also ease the pressure in that area because Curtis Tilt is not available until October or November and Michael Ihiekwe and Clark Robertson are still easing back from injuries.

The Millers were heavily linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers forward Dominic Samuel. Discussions did take place but the deal has fallen down.

Chieo Ogbene in action at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Warne played down reports linking winger Chieo Ogbene with a move to Millwall.

The East Londoners, who will be rivals to the Millers in the Championship next season, were said to be willing to pay £750,000 for the flying machine who has become one of the club's best assets since arriving at AESSEAL New York Stadium from Brentford last summer.

And while Warne said he wouldn't be surprised if Ogbene had attracted the attention of other clubs, no official approach has been made for him or any other members of the squad.

“I haven't had contact about any of our players from managers or agents,” said Warne.

“No-one has phoned (head of recruitment) Rob Scott either to say there is firm interest in any. 

“I have had no contact but it wouldn't surprise me otherwise because Chieo is a really good player.

“But hand on heart, I haven't had anything and the club hasn't had anything. There has been no offer in, not even a polite 'would you consider an offer,' because that's what normally happens.

“They'll say 'our manager really likes your player. Where would you see his value at and would you consider a bid?' There has been none of that preamble at all, which would suggest it is just a rumour.”

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