BOSS Paul Warne insists Rotherham United are still in the race to capture striker Kieffer Moore, despite reports Ipswich had accepted an offer from League One rivals Peterborough.
Thirteen goal Moore is League One's second top scorer but was recalled by parent club Ipswich from his loan at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on January 1 and several clubs are believed to be interested in securing his signature.
Peterborough boss Grant McCann has today appeared to cool his club's interest in Moore as Warne insists the Millers are doing all they can to bring him back to the club.
“We’re doing everything we can to bring him in," Warne told the Advertiser. "We’re in the hat.
“I’d like to keep him here, no-one likes him more than me. I joke he’s like Caesar in Rome here, he’s done really well and I think if the opportunity arises for him to come back he’d like to come back, but I’m well aware of the finances of football.
“If it’s doable, great. If it isn’t then I have other targets.”
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry was reported as saying they have had an initial bid in the region of £250,000 accepted for the 25-year-old on Wednesday - something his chairman Darragh MacAnthony poured cold water on later in the day - but Warne believes that any deal to sign the former Forest Green man could rumble on.
Warne added: “I can’t see anything been done that quickly regarding this. Even at the end if an offer is accepted, until a player agrees everything with that club someone else can come in and gazump the offer."
Read the latest from Warne on Kieffer Moore, as well as Moore's exclusive message to Rotherham fans, in tomorrow's Advertiser.
There's also a transfer window special where Warne speaks about loan duo Richie Towell and Josh Emmanuel, the latest on striker Jonson Clarke-Harris' situation and other players on the Millers' radar.
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