Paul Warne has the phone glued to his ear as he desperately tries to bring a midfielder in before Rotherham’s season kicks-off.
The Millers boss is low on numbers in the middle of the park, with Will Vaulks and Matty Palmer the only senior players available ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brentford.
Youngster Ben Wiles is available while defenders Billy Jones and Semi Ajayi can operate a holding position if necessary, but it hardly gives the boss a plethora of options.
A move for Ryan Yates looks to have been dead-ended for now after his prominent role in Nottingham Forest’s pre-season has changed Aitor Karanka’s mind about letting him leave, while discussions over a possible loan return for Richie Towell appear to have hit an impasse.
The Millers have also been linked with Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty.
Warne knows he cannot rely solely on Vaulks and Palmer and hopes for some activity in the transfer market before the Championship campaign gets under way at Griffin Park.
“I am really hopeful, obviously we need someone in there,” Warne said after his side closed their pre-season preparations with a defeat at Mansfield.
“We are a way through trying to get one in, possibly two. We definitely another body in there for sure.
“Matt and Will have been great in there but I can’t expect them to play 46 games plus cup games and not get tired, injured, out of form or suspended.
“I was on the phone all Friday night regarding the targets I have got. I am hopeful, but you never know.”
The Millers have until 5pm on Thursday 9 August to bring in permanent additions, with the loan window remaining open until August 31.