Jordan Willis slips down Rotherham shopping list but Paul Warne would still sign him

Paul Warne admits Coventry defender Jordan Willis has dropped down his shopping list, but he’d still sign him if he has the funds.

The Millers were on the brink of capturing the 22-year-old in the January transfer window only for the Sky Blues to pull the plug on the deal at the 11th hour, demanding more money.

They have renewed their interest this summer but Warne says his priorities are now further up the pitch.

 

However, if he gets his business done up top and has surplus funds, the Millers boss could be making the call to Coventry.

“We were linked to him heavily in January, we put in a really comprehensive package for him,” Warne said.

“I don’t know if it is the top of my list to spend a lot of money on a right-back. I need to strengthen to the top of the pitch.

“It will be more of a case of strengthening there and working my way back.

“If I could bring Jordan Willis and afford to I possibly would. But he is a Coventry player and I expect him to start the season there.”

The Millers are close to getting some striking targets through the door, with Warne hopeful of two arriving before the end of next week.

One target has already been to New York Stadium, one is due next week and offers are in for two other players.

“We are pretty close. I’d like to think we could have a couple of strikers in for next week, that would be the ideal,” Warne added. “I am going to watch a couple of strikers this weekend, I am off to Dublin and London.

“Two different clubs are coming back to us on an offer, so this time next week I could be cruising or I could still be competing for targets.”

One of those could be out-of-contract Matt Done, who was released by Sheffield United this week.

Although he stopped short of naming him, the Millers boss said Done, who can also play midfield and full-back, was his type of player.

“The fact he can play in a few positions, they are the sort of players I like to bring,” said Warne, who is thought to be battling Rochdale for his signature.

“I am well aware of him, I have seen him play a few times and he has played quite well. I can see why people would be linked with him.”

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