Paul Warne has revealed that preparations to replace Kieffer Moore in January are already under way.
The Millers are expected to lose the 13-goal striker early in 2018 if Ipswich trigger a recall option, something Mick McCarthy has gone on record as saying is “likely”.
Warne knows a bidding war could be on the horizon if Ipswich don’t want him back, so is eyeing up replacements.
“Obviously, we want his future to be here and we will do everything possible to make that happen,” Warne said.
“However, we could offer X amount for him and anyone from any league could just come in and blow us out of the water.
“We’re doing a lot behind the scenes to replace him if he does go.
Done a bit of research. Only Igor Angulo (16), who plays for Gornick Zabrze in Poland and Lazio's Ciro Immobile (14) have scored more league goals than Kieffer Moore in major (and some minor) European leagues this season. #rufc pic.twitter.com/a0yxPCtbyM
— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) November 13, 2017
“We need to look at getting replacements in for him in January. Kieffer has never had so many games on the trot, has never performed to this level and has never scored so many goals.
“I think he is really happy here. He has an aura about him, even in the tunnel. People look at his physical stature and already know what he can do with the ball at his feet. They’re probably thinking, ‘I don’t fancy this’.
“He’s Ipswich’s player and they hold most of the cards.”