Arnason becomes seventh signing

ROTHERHAM United are a step closer to finalising their squad for next season after making Icelandic international Kari Arnason their seventh signing of the summer.

Manager Steve Evans beat off competition from Hibs and Dundee United to land the 29-year-old central midfielder, having tracked him for the last three weeks.

Arnason, who has won 20 caps for his his country and stands 6ft 3in tall, turned down new contract offers from Aberdeen boss Craig Brown to join the Millers on a two-year deal and Evans sees his capture as a real coup.

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He told the Advertiser: "It is a staggering signing and is just another one that Rotherham United supporters should be excited about.

"He's a great kid and an outstanding player and he comes with glorious plaudits from Craig Brown.

"I went to France to watch Arnason play there for Iceland two weeks ago and he was the man of the match. He also played against Sweden recently and he's played in World Cup qualifiers.

"He wants success but what also impressed me is that he wants to come here and develop his talents even more."

With top scorer Lewis Grabban having departed for AFC Bournemouth, Evans is now looking for a a striker, a wide player and a left back to complete his squad jigsaw.