Final offer made to Rotherham United winger Anthony Forde

ROTHERHAM United are understood to have made a full and final contract offer to winger Anthony Forde as they press on with shaping a squad for next season.

The 25-year-old was one of a clutch of out-of-contract players to have been offered new terms this summer, along with fellow wide men Ryan Williams, Jon Taylor and Joe Newell, who has signed for SPL outfit Hibs.

Williams and Taylor will play elsewhere next season, leaving Forde as the only one yet to decide on his Millers future, and the sooner the matter is resolved, the sooner the club can move on.

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Both parties have agreed the issue needs resolving one way or the other soon.

The departure of Newell to Scotland has left a hole to fill and with the short-term futures of Will Vaulks and Semi Ajayi at the AESSEAL New York Stadium still far from certain, the scene is set for a busy close season on the transfer front.

Manager Paul Warne said last week that he was on the lookout for six new faces, a figure backed up by his assistant Richie Barker.

“You can include a goalkeeper in that and a defender, possibly two,” Barker told the Advertiser.

Will Vaulks...transfer speculation.

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“The other gaps are in attacking areas and there is space left in the midfield anyway after Richie Towell and Darren Potter left.

“What we have to be prepared for is the off chance we have an offer for one of our players that makes our eyes water.”

Vaulks, now back from international duty with Wales, is being strongly tipped for a move away. 

Added Barker: “It is an important time of Will's life and an important time in his career and he is now an international footballer. Whatever decision he makes, both football wise and financially, is important for him and the club.”

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A player no longer on the Millers' radar is Ross County midfielder Jamie Lindsay.

The 23-year-old was an important player as the Highlanders' won promotion back to the SPL last season and although he has been of interest to Warne and his staff, they will not be pursuing the matter.