MILLERS chief Paul Warne says Dan Barlaser's chances of rejoining Rotherham United won't necessarily hinge on the outcome of the takeover saga at his parent club — in the short term at least.
The Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of the Magpies collapsed last week after the bidders pulled out of the deal.
Owner Mike Ashley is still keen to sell and if new owners come in and pump in huge investment for new players, that would have obvious implications for existing ones on the books, including Barlaser.
However Warne, who would love to get last season's silky-skilled loan hit back on board for a crack at the Championship, believes the 23-year-old only has eyes for Newcastle at the moment.
“I speak to Dan via text quite regularly,” said Warne.
“Dan has a real ambition to fight his way into the Newcastle squad. He's a Newcastle boy, a Newcastle fan and he has been at the club for years.
“He and his agent have both made it clear that they really want to give this season a go there.
“Whether there are owners there who are going to throw millions at it and sign better players than Dan or not, I still think he will want to start pre-season with them and then see what happens.
“If he doesn't fit into the their squad, so to speak, for the season, then I think he'd like to come back and play for us but then he might get better options than us.
“At the moment I'm not rushing to get a midfielder in because I like the four I've got but we do need another one and ideally it would be Dan. I can't wait forever but in the same way if I don't get him then there are other ones that I like. I can't push the button on them anyway so I am not in any rush.
“I don't feel like I have my hands behind my back regarding Dan. I will know where we are in about two weeks whether we are getting someone else or we have a chance of getting him back.”
Play-maker...Dan Barlaser made a good impression with Rotherham fans last season.
Barlaser grew into his new surroundings at AESSEAL New York Stadium last season to become one of the team's most important operators.
He is also at an age to push to become a Premier League regular and the promotion stamped on his CV with the Millers last season has only helped his reputation.
For now, Warne is giving Barlaser the time and space to pursue his dreams.
The Millers chief added: “The humanistic side of me wants Dan to get in the Newcastle squad because I know that's what the kid really wants to do, and why not? If that's his dream then I want him to realise it but if it doesn't happen and we can get him back then I would definitely do that but I wouldn't want to get into his head too much until he has given it a right good crack.
“Hopefully he does get in the team and on a Saturday night after we have won a Championship game I can watch him play on Match of the Day and I'll be buzzing.
“We both just want to wait and see.”
Meanwhile, the Millers may be casting their recruitment net into mainland Europe this summer but won't neglect the talent that can be found closer to home.
The club made a bid to a Dutch club for a left-sided player and have also checked out potential targets in the Austrian, Danish, Germany and French leagues.
However, their attention is also focused on Scotland and Ireland, two countries that have proved happy hunting grounds for them in the recent past.
“Scotland ticks a lot of boxes for us in terms of the way the game is played up there, the youth of players and the finances involved,” said assistant manager Richie Barker.
Rotherham took midfielder Jamie Lindsay from Scottish Premiership side Ross County a year ago and also signed left-back Trevor Clarke from League of Ireland team Shamrock Rovers.
In addition, head of recruitment Rob Scott first spotted Chiedozie Ogbene, who joined from Brentford last August, when the winger was playing for Cork City and Limerick.
“Scotland and Ireland, they're definitely places we're looking at constantly,” Barker added.