Are Rotherham United selling Jamie Lindsay to Portsmouth? Manager Paul Warne has his say

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MANAGER Paul Warne expects Jamie Lindsay to remain a Rotherham United player despite deadline-day interest from League One rivals Portsmouth.

The midfielder has been out of the starting 11 for the Millers since returning from a hamstring injury but the boss considers him an important part of his table-topping squad.

Talks have taken place but Pompey have yet to put their money on the table as the January transfer window draws to tonight's 11pm close.

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"Contrary to stories in some media outlets, there has been no official bid for Jamie," said Warne.

"I envisage him staying here. Jamie isn't in the team but it's not because he isn't a very good player. He's not in because the three lads in front of him are on absolute fire. If he gets back in, he'll probably stay in.

"I cannot see any offer being significant enough to turn our heads. It's not like we're fending off bids from Premier League clubs coming in with proper money.

"If somebody offered me two or three-hundred grand for Jamie, what am I going to do with that? It's no good to me on the last day of the window."

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Rotherham, who on the verge of announcing the arrival of a young attacker on loan for the rest of the season, hold a 12-month option on the 26-year-old Scot when his contract expires in the summer and are under no pressure to sell.

Warne believes transfer-seeking striker Freddie Ladapo is the only possible departure from AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The record signing wants a new challenge elsewhere but so far there are no takers for the 12-goal hitman.

"I've got five strikers and he wants to go," Warne said "If an offer comes in we will obviously consider it. However, we don't have to sell any of our players cheap. We have options on a lot of them including Freddie. We're not in any rush to do any business."

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The Millers have already signed centre-forward Georgie Kelly and the manager says today's impending arrival is likely to be the end of their January recruitment.

Meanwhile, centre-half Rarmani Edmonds-Green is having a scan on his injured hamstring, with the club fearing an absence of between four and six weeks.