The striker chase, the midfielder hunt, the chances of Rarmani Edmonds-Green coming back, the latest on Chiedozie Ogbene's contract talks and the trialist goalkeeper ... Rotherham United stories from this week's Advertiser

The striker chase, the midfielder hunt, the chances of Rarmani Edmonds-Green coming back, the latest on Chiedozie Ogbene's contract talks and the trialist goalkeeper ... Rotherham United stories from this week's Advertiser

By Paul Davis | 03/08/2022

The striker chase, the midfielder hunt, the chances of Rarmani Edmonds-Green coming back, the latest on Chiedozie Ogbene's contract talks and the trialist goalkeeper ... Rotherham United stories from this week's Advertiser
Paul Warne

 

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne is planning more talks as he refuses to give up the battle to land his number-one striker target.

The Millers manager has been trying to tie down a loan deal for a scorer from a rival Championship side for the last fortnight.

He warned last weekend that he was ready to call a halt to negotiations after twice giving the centre-forward more time to consider moving to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

However, he is maintaining his attempt to persuade the frontman that South Yorkshire is the best place to re-ignite a career that has stalled after several seasons of second-tier football.

“I’ve spoken to his agent and he wants another FaceTime call with me,” Warne said. “It would be easy for me to walk away and say:  ‘Go and do want you want and I’ll just go for my next option.’

“But I don’t want to cut off my nose to spite my face. I’ll do what I think is right for the club.

“I’m going to persevere and try to convince him to come here.

“I’ve had it before with players where they don’t really want to sign and then we have a FaceTime meeting with them, they’re really impressed and suddenly the deal is on.”

The time of the online get-together was being arranged yesterday (Wednesday).

Warne, whose team travel to Coventry City on Sunday, believes the attacker isn’t against moving to Rotherham but is holding fire in case a bigger Championship team decide to make a move for him.

The boss accepts that the Millers’ record of three successive Championship relegations makes them a less attractive proposition than sides already established in the division.

Rotherham have a second attacker on their wanted list but his Premier League club have yet to give the final all-clear for him to go out on loan.

“We’ve had contact with him via his agent,” Warne said. “His agent is aware we’re very keen.

“There are only so many good strikers who are both available and affordable to us. Out of those, we’ve got two really good targets.”

Warne, who would be happy to land either player, added: “The other names I have,

“I don’t think they would make us better.”

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ROTHERHAM United are biding their time as they seek to add another midfielder to their Championship squad.

Manager Paul Warne has identified his top target and met with the player’s agent on Tuesday evening.

However, with the transfer window open until September 1, no move is imminent and talks are continuing.

“I don’t think any move will happen in the next seven to ten days,” Warne said.

“It isn’t my major concern at the moment.”

The Premier League kicks off this weekend and the boss is aware that more players will become available as top-flight teams look to trim their numbers and allow some of their youngsters to go out on temporary deals.

Warne expects some members of his own squad members to leave on loan.

“I can see one or two of the senior pros going out if I bring more bodies in,” he said. “I don’t really want any of my senior players to leave. However, I understand that they can’t sit here and watch all season.”

Midfield man Hakeem Odoffin and wing-back Tolaji Bola are among those who could depart, with Rotherham already fielding enquiries about the latter.

Both have been fringe men since moving to AESSEAL New York Stadium a year ago.

The Millers, who rejected bids for midfielders Ben Wiles and Dan Barlaser this summer, have received no new concrete offers for any of their players.

“No dramas this week,” Warne said.

Contract talks with attacker Chiedozie Ogbene, who is in the final year of his deal, have been put on hold until the close of the window.

Rotherham activated their 12-month extension clause at the end of last season.

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ROTHERHAM United fans are unlikely to see last season’s loan favourite, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, wearing a Millers shirt again.

The centre-half was a huge hit in the League One promotion push and manager Paul Warne said earlier this summer that he would love to bring the 23-year-old back to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

However, the player has now fought his way into the team at parent club Huddersfield Town while the Millers have signed a number of defenders and are no longer in need of backline reinforcements.

"I think we’re pretty strong in defence now," said Warne. "Pelts (Lee Peltier) has just come in and he covers a lot of positions for us."

"REG did brilliantly for us but in terms of a return I’d say it was a no as it stands."

Meanwhile, Rotherham have a Scottish goalkeeper on trial following the decision of youngster Josh Chapman to quit football.