Rotherham might not be playing this weekend but boss Paul Warne is already celebrating a win, this time in the transfer market with the impressive signing of Matty Palmer.
The 22-year-old has joined the Millers on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Burton for an undisclosed fee and represents an impressive coup by Warne.
He becomes the second addition of the January transfer window and acts as a replacement for departed skipper Lee Frecklington.
Warne got an early look at Palmer in his managerial reign, as the midfielder’s wonder goal at the Pirelli Stadium helped Burton to a 2-1 win in the Millers boss’ first game in charge.
— Matt Palmer (@mattpalmer_23) January 25, 2018
He has fallen out of favour under boss Nigel Clough this term, however, playing just 14 times and none since early December.
Palmer has demanded a six-figure fee and Warne is pleased to get his man.
“He has been a big part of what Burton have done in the last few years,” the boss said. “He’s a good footballer, has a good engine on him, so I am pleased to get it done before the end of the window.”
Warne could be celebrating another arrival before the weekend as he closes in on a striker, potentially Sheffield United’s Caolan Lavery.
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) January 25, 2018
The Millers boss is pals with United’s assistant manager Alan Knill, and therefore boss Chris Wilder by extension, and he hopes that will see the former Wednesday striker head down the Parkway.
There has been some haggling on how much the Millers will contribute to Lavery’s wages, but Warne is confident a deal is in the making.
“We’ve improved the offer on the deal for the striker, in terms of how much wages we can pay,” he added.
“I’m hopeful the deal will be done and dusted by this weekend.
“That will be us pretty much done in the window in terms of incomings. They’re the ones I earmarked to get at the start of the window.”