Rotherham United boss Paul Warne talks about Chiedozie Ogbene and the transfer window

Chiedozie Ogbene score against SwanseaChiedozie Ogbene score against Swansea
Chiedozie Ogbene score against Swansea
PAUL Warne would rather lose Chiedozie Ogbene now than see his star attacker leave the club on September 1 transfer deadline day.

The Rotherham Uniteds boss’s thinking is that at least he would have more than three weeks to find a replacement if the 25-year-old flyer's departure was imminent.

“Maybe someone wants to offer us ten million quid,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d have time to spend it if anything happens late in the window. If anything is going to happen it might as well happen quickly.”

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The Republic of Ireland international has admirers elsewhere but bids have yet to come in.

“I’ve had no calls about him,” said Warne after watching his team launch their Championship season with a 1-1 draw with Swansea City last Saturday. 

“Chieo’s in the last year of his contract but the chairman doesn't want to sell him. I’m not convinced the lad even wants to leave. We’re in a good place.”

The Swans are one of the sides thought to be interested in the player who scored against them on opening day.

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Their manager, Russell Martin, distanced himself from speculation, saying: “He’s at a club that really value him and he plays all the time. I’ve never spoken to him in my life. 

“I saw us linked with a left centre-half who I’ve never heard of. There have been so many players linked with us. Some links will be real, some will be tenuous and some will be completely miles away from it.”