Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has endorsed Rotherham as a potential loan destination for rising star George Hirst.
The Millers are interested in bringing the 18-year-old striker to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on a season-long loan, but face competition from at least two other clubs, one of them Mansfield – managed by former boss Steve Evans.
What could swing it in their favour, though, is boss Paul Warne’s relationship with the Portuguese, who says Hirst would be “in good hands” at Rotherham.
“George has a lot of clubs interested in him – teams from League One and League Two,” Carvalhal said. “We will choose the best option for him but it is something that is not in my hands.
“I talked with him last season and told him the best way to move forward this season was to play in League One or League Two and play often.
“I know the coach at Rotherham, if he goes there I would be happy.
“There are other clubs interested in him, but if you want to talk specifically about Rotherham I would be happy for him to go there because I know the coach and he would be in good hands.”
Hirst was in the stands to watch the Millers’ Checkatrade Trophy clash with Manchester City and a decision is set to be made soon, tying in with David Hirst’s son signing a new contract at Hillsborough.
The Millers might have to do battle with Evans for his signature, with Carvalhal revealing he also has a relationship with the Scot, while Walsall are in for Hirst as well.