Rotherham boss Paul Warne on which areas of the pitch he will strengthen this summer

Paul Warne has outlined the positions of his squad he wants to strengthen this summer.

The Millers are preparing for life in the Championship – made all the more real by Thursday’s fixture release – but have yet to make any signings.

Warne, who has said there will not be a huge influx, revealed the club are close to making two new signings, set to arrive early next week.

 

“I need to sign a goalkeeper, that’s apparent, a right-back, a centre-half, a bit of strength in the middle and everyone wants strength up top,” he said.

“You know when you get a phone call from an agent asking you what you’re after you say ‘…and a striker’. Every one wants one.

“Scoring gets harder the higher up you go and you always want a little bit more up top.

“My goalkeeper, right-back and central midfielder were on loan. I am only replacing the necessities.”

 

Warne’s pursuit of a striker has led him to Barnsley and Tom Bradshaw.

The Millers have made a move for Bradshaw – a 2016 target – but are understood to have been initially repelled by their South Yorkshire rivals.

The striker is keen to leave Oakwell this summer as the club get ready for life in League One but will cost more than what the Millers had in mind, thought to be in the region of £250,000 to £300,000.

 

If they do choose to place a higher bid they are likely to face competition from a number of Championship clubs, with Wigan, Bolton and Millwall understood to have registered an interest in Bradshaw.

The Millers came within hours of signing the 25-year-old two years ago, but, despite having a medical booked for him, they did not match a late offer made by the Reds.

Bradshaw has scored 28 goals in 88 appearances for Barnsley.

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