Rotherham received another slap around the face last night as January target Omar Bogle scored twice for Wigan on his first start.
The former Grimsby striker was at the top of the Millers’ shopping list last month, but despite offering a club-record £700,000, they could not bring the 23-year-old to the club and he instead joined the Latics in the final hour of the transfer window.
Chairman Tony Stewart, who was ready to smash the club’s record transfer fee by almost £400,000, admits he was shocked at Bogle’s switch to Wigan having been told he was not for sale.
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“We had three attempts at Omar Bogle,” Stewart said. “We felt our last offer had got our feet in the door, only to find he had gone to Wigan. That was a shock.
“We were at £700,000, I don’t mind saying that, but Grimsby said he wasn’t for sale. He was for sale. But we didn’t get him. We made a really good bid.”
Bogle, who ended up at the DW Stadium for an initial fee not much more than the Millers offered, made a fine start to life at Wigan as his two goals earned a 2-2 draw with Norwich.
The Millers, who cancelled a pre-season friendly with the Mariners in the summer, also missed out on Coventry’s Jordan Willis after the League One club upped their asking price.