Paul Warne is praying Rotherham do not get drawn into another striking transfer saga in January.
The Millers boss will be using the transfer window to try and reinforce his squad in order to remain on track with his top-10 brief in League One this term.
Number one on his list of priorities is finding a replacement for striker Kieffer Moore, who will be recalled by Ipswich at the start on 2018.
Striker searches and transfer windows have not been a good combination for the Millers in recent times as last January they became embroiled in an ultimately fruitless chase for Omar Bogle while the previous window in the summer of 2016 saw them frustratingly miss out on Tom Bradshaw and Lee Gregory.
Warne says that signing a striker in January is the worst possible time to do it, owing to inflated prices and teams’ reluctance to let players out.
However, with eight targets to choose from, he hopes to get his favourites over the line with the minimum of fuss and intends to do so by keeping his list under wraps.
“I have got targets, people I am trying to get in. Getting in a striker, with big shoes to fill, is a tall ask,” he said.
“Getting a striker in the summer is easier, you can get players on a season-long loan, you get players who have run out of enthusiasm at their clubs or players out of contract, they are easy to pick up.
“But in January if you are a striker who can walk straight and chew gum then clubs will keep hold of them. Strikers are the hardest to prize away and overpriced.
“We are consciously trying to make the right decision. About a month ago I had 12 people I was targeting, now I am down to about eight, so I am hopeful that the two or three we bring in are right for the club.
“All the transfer dramas were out in the open, which doesn’t help because people think you’re lying. ‘Oh Warney said he was going to sign Ian Rush and he isn’t here yet’, sort of thing.
“It is tricky. I am trying to be a bit more tight-lipped.
Warne says he has eight or nine striking targets for Jan. Keen to avoid a saga like Bogle, Bradshaw etc. Won't go back in for Doidge #rufc
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“Hopefully there will be no sagas. It starts to build and virtually every club in the country will be looking for strikers because strikers are the ones who can make an average game into the great game.
“I am hoping not for a saga, but my experience, as little as it is, makes me think it will be.”
One player who the Millers will not be going back in for is Forest Green striker Christian Doidge.
Warne had a summer bid rejected for the 25-year-old, who has since signed a new contract.
“I was asked if I am going back in for (Christian) Doidge in January,” he said. “He signed a new deal and he is doing really well so that in’t one we will be able to get.”