Rotherham boss Paul Warne has revealed he missed out on a potential signing last week despite thinking the deal was done.
Warne is trying to build a squad capable of competing in the Championship and has already brought six players to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this summer.
That might have been seven as he thought he had a new arrival lined up last Friday, only for the player’s manager to change his mind at the 11th hour.
Warne said: “Until the player actually signs you don’t know.
“I had a player that I thought I was signing on Friday and then at the last minute the manager changed his mind, which is his prerogative, I would do the same.
“It is just frustrating, until they sign you never count your chickens.”
Four of the Millers’ new signings have been defenders, though Billy Jones can also play in midfield, an area Warne concedes he is desperately short in.
Only Will Vaulks and Matty Palmer are specialists in that position, with youngster Ben Wiles also in the squad, and Warne has targeted an extra body in there.
He is keen on a return for last season’s loanee Richie Towell, but the club are still negotiating with parent club Brighton while Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates is also a target.
Warne added: “I definitely need a midfielder, we have a dearth of centre midfielders at the club at the minute.
“The two I have got are excellent but I definitely need to strengthen. Ideally the next few days I can get one in, if I have to go through to the window (closing) without one I will be hugely disappointed.
“But the loan window lasts a bit longer so we will see what we can do.”
A deal looked likely for Yates after Forest signed Jack Colback, but their manager Aitor Karanka admits he is now having second thoughts about sending his youngster out on loan.
Yates has impressed throughout Forest’s pre-season schedule and scored the only goal in their win at Scunthorpe on Wednesday.
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Karanka told the Nottingham Post: “I am thinking about that. He is changing my mind, because he is doing very well and he is a very good kid.
“I need to think a lot now. At the beginning it was clear for me that he was going to go on loan. Because he needs to play games.
“But now, in this moment, I need to think about this carefully, because he is doing very well.”
Rotherham have until 5pm on August 9 to make permanent signings but they can continue to sign players on loan until August 31.