Three more in, some out ... boss Matt Taylor's recruitment aim before Rotherham United's next league match

The deadline for deals is 11pm next Friday.
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Matt Taylor

MANAGER Matt Taylor is targeting three new arrivals for Rotherham United in the final week of the summer transfer window.

The Millers have until 11pm next Friday to strengthen their Championship squad and the boss expects there to be exits as well as incomings at AESSEAL New York Stadium in the last few days of wheeling and dealing.

Rotherham, whose priorities include a new striker and a centre-half, have just sold midfielder Ben Wiles to Huddersfield Town for a seven-figure fee and Taylor is hoping some of that money will be put towards recruitment

Fringe-player departures and the subsequent savings in wages will also give the Millers more financial power.

"I'd love to have three more bodies in before the Norwich City game (next Saturday)," said Taylor after his side had pushed leaders Leicester City all the way before succumbing to a late 2-1 New York defeat yesterday.

"We're trying to free up some funds and we're going to be as aggressive in the market as the team has just played."

Despite taking only one point from their opening four games, injury-hit Rotherham look capable of competing in the division and a few more additions should give them a squad that can improve on their present 21st place.

"It's a big week for us, we can't hide away from that fact," Taylor said. We'll get on the front foot, put our best (offers) to people and see where it takes us. "I think there will be players going out, potentially on loan, potentially on permanent deals."

The Canaries clash is the final fixture before the international break and the Millers should have four of their six casualties available for selection when they return to action at Huddersfield on September 16.

Centre-half Grant Hall, midfielders Jamie Lindsay and Hakeem Odoffin and striker Georgie Kelly are set for the all-clear, leaving only right-back Lee Peltier and left winger Shane Ferguson still sidelined.

That is a huge boost for Taylor who has rued the lack of game-changing options among his substitutes in the opening three weeks of the campaign.

"Suddenly, that bench looks a lot different," he said. "For the first time since last season I'll have competition for places. There will be more pressure in training every day as players coming back breathe down other players' necks in the battle for places. That can only improve where we are at."

Rotherham won't have all  of the Wiles fee at their disposal as, in common with most transfers, it will be paid in instalments.