Rotherham United draw a blank on transfer deadline day

MANAGER Paul Warne was granted one half of his January wish but missed out on the other as the transfer window tonight ended in deadline-day frustration for Rotherham United.
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The Millers kept hold of all their main men as they look to secure their survival in their first season back in the Championship.

However, the club failed to land either the new striker or winger they had targeted despite working late into the evening in a bid to bring in fresh blood. A move for a wide man at a Premier League club fell through tonight.

It leaves midfielder Matt Crooks as the only arrival this month at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Warne told the Advertiser before the 11pm cut-off point for deals came and went: "We're doing everything we possibly can to bring in players who will improve us.

"It's not an easy window. Everyone is chasing the same players. Everyone is after strikers and wingers. If we can  get someone in who will get straight into our 11 then we'll do it.

"I want to get at least one in. I'm not over-confident it's going to happen."

The boss, who takes his team to Millwall on Saturday, said before the window opened that he would be a satisfied man if he managed to make it to February with his squad intact.

Fringe midfielder Matt Palmer had been expected to leave, but his departure didn't materialise even though a number of clubs had been prepared to take him.

Attacker Jerry Yates remains at New York, with a potential second loan spell at Carlisle United for the 21-year-old ruled out when Rotherham didn't add to their forward options.

Warne said yesterday: "I've had a massive disappointment with two who I wanted to bring in. It's through no fault of the club. The parent clubs just changed their minds. That's scuppered us a little bit."