Rotherham United underline Ben Wiles' worth as Burnley track midfield ace

Rotherham United underline Ben Wiles' worth as Burnley track midfield ace

By David Beddows | 30/06/2022

Rotherham United underline Ben Wiles' worth as Burnley track midfield ace


RIVAL clubs will have to pay top money to prise Ben Wiles away from Rotherham United.

Burnley are among the admirers of the home-grown midfielder who has blossomed to become one of the Millers' prized assets.

Wiles has two years left on his current deal — one year and a one-year option — meaning Rotherham would be entitled to a fee should he move on.

But speaking this week, manager Paul Warne said he was planning for a Championship campaign with Wiles on board.

"Currently there is no substantial bid that we have to consider," said Warne. "I haven't been told by the owner that there is anything to look at.

"As far as I know, Ben Wiles is in my plans. He is coming away with me to our pre-season camp in Croatia next week and I expect to start the season with him.

"I intend to sit down with Ben and talk about a new deal anyway but if an ex-Premier League club like Burnley decided they are interested in one of our players, it will be difficult.

"I would expect Wiles to break our transfer record if he is to go, because he would be an attribute to any team.

"However, as always, we only sell if the owner is happy with the price and he takes my view on it."

Burnley have a high-profile new manager in Vincent Kompany and want to bolster their midfield.

Wiles, still only 23, has now made more than 150 appearances for his home town club since making his pro debut back in 2017.
Last season he netted ten times in 52 appearances on the way to promotion from League One.

Warne added: "As I have said before, Ben Wiles is an unbelievable talent who I think will play at the highest level.

"If Burnley are interested in Wilsey, so they should be and so should the other 20 odd teams in the Championship.

"If we have to sit down and consider something, it wouldn't suprise me if it was with a couple of offers from some other clubs.

"However, because the transfer window is open to September 1, there will be lots of twists and turns in offers and declined offers and improved offers for players between now and then.

"I would like to think that come September 1, Wilsey is still here, but because he is one of my better assets I can imagine there will be a lot of conversations about him between now and then, but as it stands at the moment I do not see him going to Burnley."

Meanwhile, the Millers are striving to bring in more new blood before next week's training camp.

Warne wants another centre-half to add to central defender Jamie McCart, who signed from St Johnstone this week on a three-year deal.

The club is also still being closely linked with left-back/wing-back Cohen Bramall from Lincoln City.

Last season's loan man, Will Grigg, is training with MK Dons.