Manager Paul Warne has ruled out any prospect of Rotherham United cashing in on Will Vaulks in the January transfer window, insisting he wouldn’t sell the in-form midfield man for £2 million.
Vaulks has been a key player in the Millers’ climb into the League One play-off places, prompting speculation that Cardiff City and Glasgow Rangers are ready to make £500,000 bids.
But Warne, whose side are unbeaten in nine matches after demolishing top-six rivals Bradford City at AESSEAL New York Stadium last night, is adamant the 24-year-old is going nowhere.
“There’s no way I would sell Will in this window for £500,000,” the boss said. “In fact, I wouldn’t sell him for £2 million. He would have to man up and wait until the summer.
“I can categorically say that him leaving in January is not happening.”
Rotherham, who are hoping to add a striker and a central midfielder to their squad this week, overran their Yorkshire derby opponents in the second half on a memorable New York night and could have won by a much bigger score.
Versatile Vaulks, who can also fill in at right-back and in central defence, dominated the centre of the park along with Richie Towell as Warne’s men won with a first-half header from new boy Michael Smith and a shot in the second period from Joe Newell.
Smith, making his first start since his switch from Bury, could have bagged a hat-trick and Warne praised the impact of his 6ft 4in targetman.
Many people thought he had been brought in as a replacement for former loan hitman Kieffer Moore. However, the manager said: “I don’t see him a s a big target man. I see him as a bigger Bally (David Ball).
“He is a good footballer. He is mobile. He is not the finished article, like all of my players. They are playing League One for a reason.
We are trying to polish him up and tonight he was really good. He can improve on stuff, but I thought he was a good threat and I am really pleased for him.
“He is going to miss chances but he needs to keep putting himself in the box. It was good for him to get a goal.
“As a striker, the longer you go without a goal, you do get self-doubt. For him to score and play the way he did was great.”
The Millers have no match on Saturday and Warne plans to reward his players with a weekend off after two wins in four days against sides who started the game above them in the table.
The destruction of the Bantams followed a similar second-half showing against Portsmouth last Saturday when Rotherham saw off Pompey 1-0.
The Millers are now in sixth place and have scored in all of their last 22 matches.