Rotherham’s pursuit of a permanent midfielder looks like going down to the wire with the transfer deadline less than 36 hours away.
The Millers are desperately short in the middle of the park and boss Paul Warne is working tirelessly to bring in reinforcements.
Here’s a look at five midfielders the club have recently been linked with ahead of tomorrow’s deadline day.
Warne’s desire to bring the Brighton midfielder back to the club is no secret but talks have hit an impasse, believed to be over wages. Towell has other admirers, in the shape of Portsmouth, and after being given no squad number at the Amex Stadium, looks certain to leave the Seagulls one way or the other.
Warne thought he had a deal for the Forest youngster done and dusted but some impressive pre-season form tempted Aitor Karanka to keep him around at the City Ground for a little longer. However, he has not been in Forest’s first two matchday squads this season so a move might be resurrected, though it’s unlikely to be before tomorrow as it will be a loan.
The Scunthorpe winger put in an eye-catching performance on a number of occasions against the Millers and was touted as an early-summer target. That appeared to cool but has since resurfaced on the eve of the deadline, though the Millers are reported to be up against Derby.
A name that has cropped up this week, and possibly the most likeliest arrival, the Millers are understood to be wrapping up a deal for the Northampton midfielder. Crooks, 24, played 34 times for the Cobblers last season, scoring four goals and earning three red cards.
Another name that has emerged in the final week of the window, the Wycombe midfielder is reported to be on Warne’s radar. Gape came through the ranks at Southampton and impressed for the Chairboys on their way to League Two promotion last season. He did not feature in Saturday’s opener after declaring himself unfit after a pre-season knock. Peterborough are also rumoured to be on his trail.