£500,000 plus for goal ace

Prolific finisher: Adam Le Fondre has scored more than 50 goals in two seasons with the Millers.
Prolific finisher: Adam Le Fondre has scored more than 50 goals in two seasons with the Millers.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are poised to make a fresh bid for Rotherham United striker Adam Le Fondre.

The Owls have already had a bid, understood to be for £200,000, rejected by the Millers. Now they are understood to be ready to stiffen their interest.

Le Fondre, who has scored more than 50 goals in the last two seasons, played against Wednesday in pre-season and scored Rotherham’s goal in the 2-1 defeat to their League One neighbours.

Wednesday then showed their hand by contacting the Millers with their six figure bid ahead of the weekend’s round of friendlies.

Rotherham are not believed to have given it much consideration.

“It was not worth taking seriously,” commented Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart who confirmed there had been a bid. The Millers chairman had previously turned down an undisclosed bid from Scunthorpe United, believed to be even less than Wednesday’s £200,000, for the 24-year-old who scored 24 times last season.

He reiterated Rotherham’s stance that they are not looking to sell their star goalscorer but that any club thinking of putting in a bid should be looking ‘north of half a million’.

Wednesday will be aware that if they do pursue their Le Fondre interest then they would have to start talking around that figure to get Rotherham’s consideration.

The Millers recently sold fellow striker Ryan Taylor to Bristol City in a deal which, it is believed, could be worth up to £500,000 with add-ons.

Le Fondre was signed from Rochdale - Wednesday’s opening day League One opponents at Hillsborough on Saturday - two years ago for £125,000.

A sell-on clause was included in that deal and so the Lancashire club will benefit from any further sale of the little goalpoacher. Nicknamed Alf, he has a year to go on his contract but turned down the chance of an extension when talks were instigated last January.

Le Fondre was not made available by the club to speak when Rotherham held their Press Day last Thursday and manager Andy Scott said it would take ‘a hell of an offer’ for the club to let him go. “He is aware of all that’s going on but I expect him to be here when the season starts,” said the Millers boss.

Wednesday have also been linked with Norwich striker Cody McDonald who had a successful spell on loan at Gillingham last season.