The latest on Rotherham United's pursuit of Jamie Lindsay, Dru Yearwood and Daniel Iversen
The Millers may dig deeper into their pockets to tempt Scottish Championship side Ross County to sell the 23-year-old.
But their interest in another midfielder, Southend United teenager Dru Yearwood, appears to be over.
Rotherham are believed to have offered £150,000 for former Celtic prospect Lindsay, with County holding out for a fee of more than £200,000.
"He is a player I like," manager Paul Warne revealed. "There is interest in him. It is true that we have had a bid turned down. Quelle surprise, they want more money.
"That's the next step for us, deciding whether we up our offer or take a different direction."
The Millers have had a bid, thought to be around £200,000, for Yearwood, aged 19, rejected by fellow League One side the Shrimpers.
Warne is now looking elsewhere in his hunt for midfield reinforcements and said: "I don't think we will be going back with anything more."
A new goalkeeper, following the end of Marek Rodak's two-year stay at AESSEAL New York Stadium, is a top priority, although the boss is prepared to bide his time to land the right man.
Warne refused to reveal the identity of his preferred choice but is keen on the idea of loaning an under-23 shot-stopper from the Premier League again and Daniel Iversen at Leicester City fits the bill.
The Foxes want to monitor the player, who was on loan at Oldham Athletic last term, in the early part of pre-season before allowing him to leave on a season-long deal.
"I like under-23 goalkeepers," Warne said. "No disrespect to Pricey (34-year-old reserve keeper Lewis Price) who certainly isn't under 23.
"I like the way they play, I like the fact that a lot of them are aggressive off their line and can kick with both feet, which is crucial. Marek was like a free signing for two years.
"Iversen is definitely one of that type. I do like him."
Warne and goalkeeper coach Mike Pollitt have checked out a number of candidates along with recruitment duo Rob Scott and Chris Trotter and the rest of the Millers backroom team.
"The one we all like is the one we're prepared to wait for," the boss added.
Dane Iverson, 21, played 52 times for the League Two Latics last season and wants to continue his development at a higher level.
He told the Leicester Mercury: "I hope I can use the experience at Oldham when I go out on loan again. At least that's my own plan. I also hope it's Leicester's plan. I would like to try to step up if I can."