Rotherham United: Ins, outs and maybes and Millers get busy in transfer window

Danny Ward
Danny Ward

Paul Raynor describes life as “hectic”, and, boy, he isn’t wrong.

After three days of intense wheeler-dealing, this is where Rotherham United, who travel to Brentford for a Championship clash tomorrow, stand for now ...

But be warned, it could all change at any moment!

In: Forward Danny Ward and left-winger Adam Hammill (both on loan from Hudderfield with a view to permanent deals) and attacking midfielder Jack Barmby (on loan from Leicester.

Out: Striker Alex Revell (joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal), winger Febian Brandy (contract terminated), midfielder Michael Tidser (contract terminated).

Possibly going: Midfielder Ben Pringle (rejected a move to Millwall after the clubs agreed a fee), Richard Brindley (wanted by Scunthorpe and the Millers aren’t against him going).

Wanted: Chesterfield’s 21-goal hitman, Eoin Doyle (discussions have taken place at chief-executive level but the clubs differ on valuation).

“We’re delighted to have the three guys on board,” Millers No 2 Raynor said.

“Initially, Danny and Adam will join us on loan but we’re very confident that one, if not both, will become a permanent signing.

“We lost Emmanuel Ledesma, we lost Tom Lawrence, who had given us real purpose in the final third, a real goal threat.

“We think we’ve added two very similar players who can play in those areas of the pitch. We feel we’ve added real quality in Adam and Danny, and the potential of Jack is there for all to see.

“Talks are ongoing to make both of the loans permanent. One is pretty much over the line.

“This is just the start. We’re certainly looking for more additions.”

Raynor revealed the Millers decided to cash in on club legend Revell when he made it clear he wouldn’t sign a new contract

“All we can do is wish Alex well,” Raynor said. “Talks have been ongoing with Alex and his representatives from the summer about extending. We couldn’t get to a conclusion. When you’ve got an asset like that and he won’t sign - and he intimated that he wasn’t going to sign - then when a bid comes in from Cardiff all we can do is give Alex permission to speak to them.

“The bid was initially rejected but then they came back and met our valuation.He’s been an outstanding servant to Rotherham.”

The Millers were willing to let Pringle leave.

“Millwall met our valuation. Ben met Ian Holloway and the guys down there and couldn’t agree personal terms,” Raynor said.

“He felt it wasn’t the right move at the moment. We’ll wait and see where that goes.”

And they remain keen on the Spireites’ Doyle.

“We like him. Talks have gone on between (managers) Steve Evans and Paul Cook,” Raynor admitted.

“That did go a little bit further. It went to chats further up the chain with the chief executives. Unfortunately, at the moment our valuation doesn’t meet theirs. He’s a good player and his record this season is absolutely outstanding.”