Rotherham United poised for more recruitment, plus fitness updates on Hakeem Odoffin, Jamie Lindsay and Grant Hall
ROTHERHAM United are on the brink of making signing number 11 as they prepare for the challenge of high-flying Leicester City at AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend.
The Millers hope to wrap up a loan deal for a winger in time for him to be named in the squad to face the Foxes who have a 100 per cent Championship record this season.
Speaking to the Advertiser yesterday morning, manager Matt Taylor said: “I think we should have one in within the next couple of days.”
Rotherham are severely depleted by injuries but their numbers should be increased by the return of another wide man, Fred Onyedinma, from a ban and the arrival of the new boy.
“We're stronger with Fred coming back in and then another player also hopefully being available as well,” Taylor said.
The transfer window is about to enter its final week and the boss is seeking to make further additions before the 11pm close of play a week tomorrow.
“I've tried my hardest to free up some funds out of the squad,” he said. “Conor Washington has gone, Peter Kioso has gone out on loan.”
There is interest in Ben Wiles from elsewhere in the second tier and if the midfielder is sold that could give Taylor a bigger budget to work with.
Already this summer, Rotherham have signed four players from last season's Championship survival squad and also brought in goalkeeper Dillon Phillips, midfielders Cafu and Christ Tiehi, right-back Dexter Lembikisa, attacker Andre Green and Onyedinma.
They will be without several men for the Leicester clash, with centre-half Grant Hall, midfield pair Hakeem Odoffin and Jamie Lindsay, striker Georgie Kelly and winger Shane Ferguson ruled out
Hall (hamstring), Lindsay (achilles) and Ferguson (hernia) have been out since before the start of the season, Kelly picked up a knee injury in training last week and Odoffin limped out of the match at Sunderland with a hamstring problem.
“Haks has got a bit of damage,” Taylor said. “He'll certainly be out for the next few games.
“Hally still has a little bit of discomfort. Because of his history of similar issues we've got to be so, so careful we don't expose him to any risk.
“Jamie's out on the grass, which is a big thing. He's pain-free for the first time in quite a while. He just needs a period of training to get him up to speed.”
Updates on Shane Ferguson and Georgie Kelly in separate stories