Danny Ward is nearing a Rotherham exit with a likely move to Cardiff on the horizon.
The 26-year-old has been expected to leave the Millers this season following their relegation to League One and the Championship club are leading the race for his signature.
Ward, who attracted big-money bids in the January transfer window, also has other suitors but a move to south Wales is expected to go through shortly now the striker has returned from holiday.
“Danny has been on holiday,” number two Richie Barker said. “Paul (Warne) spoke to him before he went away. Once he is back, I would expect that to move forward.”
The Millers will command a sizeable fee for Ward, likely to be a club record, though a large chunk of that is expected to be owed to Huddersfield, who inserted a sell-on clause into their deal to sell him in January 2015.
They recently triggered an extra year in Ward’s contract, but that was a mere formality as boss Paul Warne promised his striker could leave the club this summer if the deal was right.
The Millers turned down some hefty offers for their striker in January, though whether they will be able to recoup a similar sort of fee now remains to be seen.
If Cardiff is Ward’s destination, he will be heading to some friendly faces in the shape of boss Neil Warnock, coaches Kevin Blackwell, Ronnie Jepson and Andy Dibble and former Millers team-mate Greg Halford.
Some of Ward’s best performances in a Millers shirt came under Warnock late in the 2015-16 season, none better than his virtuoso display in the 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday – a key result in the early part of an 11-game unbeaten run.
Ward scored 12 goals in 43 appearances for the Millers last season and led the line commendably in a dismal season.