MANAGER Paul Warne has confirmed for the first time that a rival club is definitely preparing a summer bid for one of the stars of his Rotherham United team.
The likes of midfielder Will Vaulks, centre-half Semi Ajayi and striker Michael Smith are likely to be wanted men following the MIllers' relegation from the Championship.
But the boss has warned that no-one will be leaving AESSEAL New York Stadium unless the price is right.
“I am aware of interest. There is interest in one of my players for sure, and I expect offers for a couple more,” he said.
“The fans don't want to see the best players leave, but that's the evolution of nearly every football club.
“If we lose some of our best players for good money – it will be good money, no-one will leave here cheap – and we reinvest and get a stronger 11 because of it, then great.
“I think that is the best way for us to build and grow as a club.”
Warne is comfortable with the prospect of a close-season of arrivals and exits as he looks to assemble a squad capable of pushing for League One promotion next term.
Vaulks, Ajayi and Smith have all improved immeasurably in their time at Rotherham and the manager believes their emergence strengthens his hand when it comes to recruitment.
“If we do sell players, it means we're doing something right in how we're developing them,” he said.
“That allows us to bring in other players as they see we can be a stepping stone in their career and it also allows us to bring in better loan players.
“I think that is healthy for us.”
Warne's budget will, inevitably, be less than it was in the second tier, but could be boosted by the proceeds of player sales.
In real terms, the Millers' money should go further now they're no longer in direct competition with the mega-finances of most Championship sides.
“I presume the budget will be about the same as it was the last time we were in League One,” Warne said.
“There will be a drop on this year but I would expect it to be healthily competitive with other League One clubs.”
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