Rotherham boss Paul Warne compares his eyeing transfer targets with loving his wife

Paul Warne won’t get his head turned in his pursuit of his top two midfield targets.

The Millers boss is prepared to wait as long as he can to bring the two men he wants to bolsters his ranks in the middle of the park, even though he is coming up against frustration.

The loan window is open until the end of the month and Warne only has eyes for his top two.

“The two I am really after, the managers are happy to keep the players around the club, which makes it difficult for me,” he said.

“It’s a little bit like if you fall in love with someone, your eye doesn’t get turned by anyone else. My relationship with my wife is brilliant, I’ll never have an affair.

“But the players I want are quintessentially Rotherham players who can definitely improve us and have an affect. At the moment when I look at other players I just don’t have the same affection towards them.

“As the window progresses and I am told I can’t have them I might have to look at other avenues, but I am really trying to push those over the line.”

The Millers only have Will Vaulks and Matty Palmer as senior pros in their midfield ranks, though youngster Ben Wiles is making an impression.

Warne opted to play central defender Semi Ajayi in a holding midfield role against Wigan in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and that is something he may consider as a longer-term solution.

“I just think he can cover the ground really well,” he said. “If he was in the future to play midfield, we need to file down his sharp edges.

“But his work ethic on and off the ball is very good and he is definitely a threat in the opposition box and I have asked him this year to add goals to his amazing displays and the world is his oyster.”



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