Rotherham United close to three more signings

By Paul Davis | 30/06/2019

Rotherham United close to three more signings
Paul Warne

ROTHERHAM United are set for a flurry of signings next week as manager Paul Warne looks to further strengthen his squad before the club's pre-season tour to Germany.

There could be a new arrival as soon as tomorrow and two more additional faces are expected to quickly follow through the door at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Millers are remaining tight-lipped about the identity of their targets but it is believed deals for a midfielder and two wide men are imminent.

Manager Paul Warne takes his League One squad to Barsinghausen near Hanover for a seven-day training camp a week tomorrow and wants as much of his summer recruitment as possible to be completed by then.

Rotherham have already brought in four new boys - strikers Freddie Ladapo, Carlton Morris, midfielder Shaun MacDonald and winger Julien Lamy - while midfield man Will Vaulks and flank quartet Jon Taylor, Ryan Williams, Joe Newell and Anthony Forde have left.

Warne is hoping to hang on to centre-forward Michael Smith and centre-half Semi Ajayi as he looks to plot an instant return to the Championship.

Both impressed in the second tier and have attracted interest from other clubs. South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley are keen on Ajayi after selling Liam Lindsay to Stoke City.

Semi Ajayi

"No-one has come in with anything of great significance so far," Warne said. "It would have to be a substantial bid for either to go. Neither have said they want to go.

"If there are substantial bids and we accept them, we do have replacements in line. If Smithy starts the season playing as well as he did last year and also scores a few goals, it could be that a bid comes in for him in January."

"Semi is essential to us. If I lose Semi, I lose a centre-half, a midfielder, a right-back, someone could can play in a back three. I'm trying to sign players who can play in more than one position.

"I know I'm blowing our own horn, but here is a good place to be, a good place to play. The lads like being here. They're not pushing down the door to get out.

"However, if an offer comes in that is more than fair and is going to help the player's life, we won't stand in their way."

The boss says he will definitely sign a goalkeeper and he also wants another centre-half, with Blackpool's Curtis Tilt thought to top his wish-list.

Rotherham's players returned for pre-season training last Thursday and midfielder Matt Crooks impressed on the first day.

"We've done some fitness and Crooksy's won by a million miles on the mile run," Warne said. "He's got the captaincy, the club car and a club house as a result."

The Millers begin their programme of friendlies next Saturday against non-league Parkgate FC at their Roundwood training complex (kick-off 1pm).

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