Rotherham may be heavily linked with signing striker George Hirst, but boss Paul Warne is closer to signing a new defender.
The MIllers’ interest in Sheffield Wednesday’s Hirst has been confirmed by both clubs this week, but a deal will not be struck until the 18-year-old signs a new contract at Hillsborough.
That has allowed Warne to concentrate on the other end of the pitch and he is hoping to bring in a new central defender by the end of the week. He has three targets and is waiting for a call to get things moving.
He said: “I am pretty close to bringing another one, with any luck it will get done by the weekend but I am not 100 per cent sure.
“I know I am collecting players for the fun of it, but it will be a longer project.
“You just don’t know what is going to happen, come September I could have two centre-halves injured. If I can bring another defender in I will.
“The one I am after would be a permanent, I don’t know if he will cost or not. There are three that I am on, all of them would be permanent.
“You’re spinning a couple of plates. There’s three I am after, one I really, really want, the other are good options.”