Rotherham will not buckle on their valuation of striker Danny Ward, raising hopes they could him at the club.
Ward was hot property in the January transfer window and the Millers fended off several bids, believed to be in excess of £2million.
With a year’s extension on the 26-year-old’s contract set to be triggered at any time, Rotherham will be able to demand a fee if interest returns in the summer.
Boss Paul Warne insists the club will hold out for the right price, though, and is even hopeful of keeping his star man, who has scored 12 goals in a tough campaign.
“I don’t know of any interest in him yet,” Warne said. “I think when the season finishes the phone will start ringing again.
“Only if an offer comes in near our valuation will we consider selling him.
“The chairman said that to me so if someone comes in with a cheeky offer we will just keep him for the season and get as many goals out of him as we can.
“He had had a good year, playing in a poor team and scoring as many goals as he has, but I think his overall performances have been really good and I think he will be an excellent addition to any team.
“But if he stays here I would be cock-a-hoop.”
Ward has recently regained his scoring touch after a long drought, taking his tally to 12 goals for the season and that has come at a timely moment, offering a potential boost to a fee in the summer.
Warne reckons, though, that even with a long spell off the scoresheet Ward’s value has stayed the same.
“He hasn’t got worse since January so I would have thought his value is around that figure of what the chairman wanted before,” the boss added. “I don’t think he has devalued and the chairman says we don’t need to sell so if we can keep him on and involve him in a promotion push that would be ace.
“In January where everyone said that if we didn’t sell him he would down tools and I don’t think that has been the case.
“If someone really wants to sign him, given how good he is and how young he is, I don’t think our valuation of him is extreme.”