Bids made but it's a quiet deadline day for Rotherham United

TRANSFER deadline day passed quietly at Rotherham United despite the club lodging bids for two players.

TRANSFER deadline day passed quietly at Rotherham United despite the club lodging  bids for two players.

The offers, both in six-figures and “not nominal”, according to manager Paul Warne, weren’t enough to lure the targets because the respective selling clubs needed to get their own people in.

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Rotherham will now turn to the loan market to strengthen their midfield and Warne is hopeful of getting a temporary signing through the door tomorrow.

Speaking to the Advertiser earlier today, Warne said: “We have put everything in place to make things happen and can’t do any more.

“If we can get permanents in, brilliant, if we can get really good loans in who will improve us then that is fine as well.  I expect that after today the loan market will get a little bit livelier.

“We are pretty confident the targets we want we should be able to get on loan, although I would prefer permanents for obvious reasons.”

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Central midfield remains Warne’s priority and the prospect of a return for Richie Towell for a second loan spell is still a possibility. The deadline for loans is August 31.

Warne added: “Obviously I’m a big fan of Richie Towell. If Brighton are not going to use him then he would be available for loan and I am sure there would be lots of clubs after him. Hopefully because we have a relationship with the player, it might be something he wants to do.”

Rotherham have no fresh injury concerns for Saturday’s home date with Ipswich although the match will come too soon for long-term injury absentee Jamie Proctor. He is expected to feature in Tuesday’s League Cup tie against Wigan.