Rotherham manager Paul Warne has revealed he has made bids for summer targets, but whether one of those is Kieffer Moore remains to be seen.
The Millers have been linked with a return for their former loan striker, who spent the first half of last season at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, with a national newspaper reporting they are ready to table a £1million bid for the Barnsley man.
However, sources close to the club have suggested – at this stage – that would be surprising.
Warne himself has said the club will be “prudent” this summer and such a fee would see them more than double their current record transfer and also pay 25 per cent more than Barnsley paid for Moore in the January transfer window.
The Reds have rejected bids from three unnamed Championship clubs, while it is understood that Moore is one of several players who have expressed a desire to leave following their relegation to League One.
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It is no surprise that the 25-year-old is being linked with a Millers return.
He was a loan sensation last term, scoring 13 goals in 21 league appearances before being recalled by Ipswich.
The Millers were ready to smash their club-record transfer fee to bring him back to South Yorkshire permanently, but it was a different part of the county he ended up at after the prospect of Championship football and an eye-watering salary saw him join Barnsley.
The irony of the current situation surely won’t be lost on Moore as his four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds could not help them avoid relegation from the Championship, a division the Millers returned to after thriving following Moore’s exit and going up through the play-offs.
Michael Smith came in as Moore’s replacement and proved a brilliant signing, leading the line in fine style. The Millers also have Jamie Proctor returning to their ranks after a lengthy knee injury.
Warne, though, is a keen admirer of Moore and has stayed in regular contact with his former player, even getting him free tickets to the play-off semi-final second-leg win over Scunthorpe.
Whether or not Moore is a target, there are plenty of other players Warne is keen to bring to New York.
After returning from holiday in the middle of last week, the boss has met with another target and has a number of offers out on players.
“We have got plenty of irons in the volcano, we have put a lot of bids out to different clubs which I will think improve us,” he said.
“We are not going to sign a shed load of players.
“I met a player this week and I met one before I went on holiday, we have put bids into certain clubs and we are hopefully going to get them over the line sooner rather than later.”