Rotherham’s pursuit of Kieffer Moore appears to be over after the striker is understood to have had a medical at Barnsley on Monday.
But there was the first action of the transfer window for the Millers as goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell left the club to join Northampton.
The Millers had hoped to bring 25-year-old striker Moore back to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on a permanent deal, putting in a sizeable bid with room for improvement, but he looks set to head to a different part of South Yorkshire.
Boss Paul Warne had always stated that Moore wanted to return to the Millers, but the chance of Championship football and a reported eye-watering salary has seen the striker opt for a move to the Reds.
However, the Millers are understood to be confident of landing Moore should he have a change of heart about Barnsley as his destination.
Unless that happens Warne will have to look for different targets and expects to be still allowed funds to spend.
“If I can’t get him, I’d like to think the money is there to get another one in,” the boss said.
“I need another targetman. We’re a much stronger squad with Kieffer in it. If I can’t get Kieffer, I’ll have to get a similar player.”
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Warne may also be looking for a new goalkeeper after O’Donnell’s difficult 12 months at the club came to an end.
The goalkeeper struggled to impress Warne with a run of consistent performances since joining from Bristol City 12 months ago and he made just 27 appearances – the last of which came in November.
The Millers have recouped a fee for the 29-year-old who will come up against his former employees in a League One fixture in March.