Free-agent talks, the centre-half Rotherham United missed out on, bids for Millers players and transfer-window interest in Cohen Bramall

Matt TaylorMatt Taylor
Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor still wants to add to his squad.

ROTHERHAM United have spent the week in talks with free agents following the close of the summer transfer window.

Deadline day came and went last Friday but the Millers still want to reinforce their Championship squad with at least one player who is still available because he isn't attached to another club.

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Manager Matt Taylor told the Advertiser at the weekend that he had two main targets and yesterday confirmed: “Discussions are still ongoing with a couple of options.”

Rotherham had to submit their squad list of up to 25 players to the EFL by noon yesterday and it is understood they have left room for manoeuvre in case they broker a deal.

Taylor is eyeing a centre-half and, in his words, “another attacking-type midfield player who can play off either side”.

One central defender the Millers missed out on during the window was experienced Danny Batth.

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They were keen to bring the 32-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers player to AESSEAL New York Stadium but the Sunderland man ended up joining Norwich City on the final day of business.

The Millers held on to all of their main men in the closing hours of the window, although Taylor said there had been a couple of late offers.

Left-back Cohen Bramall was the subject of interest but the manager revealed that it didn't develop into a bid. “There was a phone call; nothing official,” he said.

Rotherham beat Norwich City on Saturday in their final match before the international break and the players were due to report back for training this morning after being granted three days off.

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Taylor allowed himself some downtime but has been in regular contact with recruitment and other club staff.

Having had their rest, the squad are now in for a tough time as they begin preparations for the return to action on September 16 at Huddersfield Town.

Taylor plans to work them every day between now and the trip to the John Smith's Stadium as the competition for places hots up, with new signings settling in and a clutch of men reaching full fitness after injuries.

“I want to see the players go hard at each other,” he said.