Boss Paul Warne says Rotherham have two chances of keeping Kieffer Moore at the club next month.
Moore will be recalled at the start of January, signalling an end to an impressive loan spell, but the Millers will make a bid for him in an attempt to bring him back to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on a permanent basis.
Chance one, though that will be difficult as the Millers are likely to face stiff competition and Moore’s value has soared following his form in South Yorkshire.
But the Millers are also boosted by comments this week from Ipswich managing director Ian Milne suggesting the Championship club won’t sell Moore this January.
That means, if Mick McCarthy is not suitably impressed enough to make regular use of him at Portman Road, a return to NYS could be on the cards.
Warne said at his pre-match press call for the game with MK Dons, where Moore serves his final instalment of a three-match ban: “One, we bid the most, obviously. Two, they choose not to sell him in that the value of the bids for him do not match their expectations.
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“They might then say, ‘Right, you can keep him on loan until the end of the season.’
“I think, potentially, we could keep him. The positive part of my brain thinks it will happen. The pessimist in me thinks maybe not so.
“I’m hopeful, but I wouldn’t put my life on it.
“We will be bidding. That’s definite. I’ve had the conversation with the chairman. It’s crazy to think I wouldn’t want him.
“If the situation remains the same, the Millers will definitely have Moore available for the games with Bury and Walsall, with Ipswich triggering the recall at the earliest possible moment.
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But there may still be a chance the striker would be available for the New Year’s Day clash with Blackburn, depending on EFL rules regarding a 24-hour recall clause.
“I am led to believe they are going to take him back at the first minute, so as soon as January starts they are going to put the notice in to take him back,” Warne added.
“I am not 100 per cent sure yet, we have to confirm with the League, whether he can play that game on January 1 or not because there is a 24-hour thing.
“As it stands at the moment he’s going straight back. It could change, they may say, ‘He won’t play for us in the FA Cup, you can keep him until the 10th’. But I presume he will be going back straight away.”