Rotherham are in the hands of their South Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield United over the pursuit of Matty Done.
The 28-year-old is not wanted at Bramall Lane after the Blades’ return to the Championship and the Millers have identified him as a target.
They are open to either a loan deal or a permanent transfer but are waiting on Chris Wilder’s men to fully decide on Done’s future.
“It could be a season-long loan or a permanent deal, whatever fits,” coach Matt Hamshaw said.
“It depends on Sheffield United really. They might say he’s surplus to requirements, which might lead to something for him which then might open the door to us taking him permanently.
“Everything is in their court at the minute. We’re speaking to clubs all the time about players, and he’s certainly one who is on our list and who we’re interested in.”
Rotherham could be favourites to land Done, who is also thought to be interesting Rochdale – a club the utility man used to plat for.
The Blades’ assistant boss Alan Knill is still in regular contact with Millers boss Paul Warne, while Wilder is also friendly with the hierarchy at the New York Stadium.
That could stand Rotherham in good stead, but Hamshaw expects them to have to wait until nearer the season.
“That will probably be one that bubbles away until Sheffield United know what they want to do,” the coach, who will remain involved in the first-team set-up next season, said.
“We know where we are with it. At this moment in time, he’s a Sheffield United player. They need to see what they want to do with him. We do like the player.
“It’s one where the plates are still spinning. It’s not crashed on the floor yet. I think that will be one, probably, where it will be later on in pre-season when we get to know just how it turns out.
Done made 35 appearances for the Blades last season as they romped through League One, scoring three goals.
He can play a number of positions, including full-back, and has had spells at Barnsley, Hibernian and Dale.