Rotherham United in talks with Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric over loan deal

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YOUNG Manchester City goalkeeper Arijanet Muric could be wearing the colours of Rotherham United next season.

Manager Paul Warne has confirmed that the 21-year-old Kosovo international is a target and may move to AESSEAL New York Stadium on a season-long loan.

The boss, preparing his side for life in the Championship after last term’s promotion, said: “He’s definitely on our list. He is a keeper we are interested in.”

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Warne remains a fan of last season’s loanee keeper, Daniel Iversen, and, as he keeps his options open, hasn’t ruled out a return for the Leicester City shot-stopper.

Swiss-born Muric, who had a loan spell that didn’t work out at Nottingham Forest last year, is no stranger to New York, having kept goal there for Manchester City Under-21s in a 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy draw in 2017.

“I’ve always been interested in him and have followed his career since he played against us,” Warne said.

“I watched him play at Forest last year. That loan didn’t go too well. We’re looking at him but there are a lot of stages to go through before we’d be able to say we’ve signed him.”

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The Advertiser understands the Millers have already met with the player, who has been at City for the last three years, to discuss a move.

The club are also looking to bring back another of last season’s loan contingent, winger Hakeeb Adelakun.

“I like Haks,” Warne said. “He can play in numerous positions. He was fondly thought of as lad and a player in the dressing room here, which is important. I think he’s got more to give. He enjoyed his time here.

“He is someone I’d be interested in but he’d have to be affordable and available to us.”

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Adelakun is at Bristol City who have yet to appoint a new boss following the sacking of Lee Johnson.

“At the moment Haks is a Bristol player and he might want to see if he can fight his way into their team because they’re changing their manager,” Warne added.

Rotherham remain keen for Dan Barlaser to come back from Newcastle United for another season but don’t expect the Premier League side to enter serious discussions until next week.

Warne, who says he wants to add to his strikeforce in the summer, is seeking to make around eight signings before the transfer window closes in October.

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The manager could soon be penning a deal of his own. He has entered the last year of his contract and chairman Tony Stewart says he expects a new one to be wrapped up next month.

Meanwhile, a player from a club in Holland was at New York ready to have  a medical on Tuesday but there was no sign of a deal being announced as the Advertiser went to press.

The Millers will receive a cash boost following old boy Semi Ajayi’s rise to the top flight with West Bromwich Albion as there is a promotion add-on in his contract.

Former Rotherham goalkeeping coach Mike Pollitt has taken up the same role with Preston North End.