“I really don’t need the transfer window to shut”- Paul Warne discusses his pursuit of a midfielder

Rotherham manager Paul Warne will hope that late Saturday night phone calls will pay off as his pursuit of a midfielder steps up.

The Millers suffered their worst opening day defeat since 1958 when they were beaten 5-1 at Brentford and it highlighted the need for extra bodies in the squad, notably a midfielder.

Warne was intending to continue his search on Saturday night as his desire for a new recruit begins to reach desperation levels.


Warne thought he had Cambridge’s George Maris through the door at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, though that move fell through at the 11th hour.

With the transfer window shutting on Thursday, the boss, who has been linked with a move for Northampton’s Matt Crooks, is keen to get his skates on.

“You can see we’re lacking in the middle of the pitch, I need another midfielder,” Warne admitted. “I don’t really need the transfer window to shut.


“You ask any manager if they can sign no end of players then they would and just because we have lost away at Brentford I am not being a drama queen, but we do need some quality and I would love to sign a midfielder and if someone else suitable came up for us then I would consider it.

“I am hopeful we can get one before next week’s game, that’s what we are trying to do.”

Warne might be enthused by the fact that target Ryan Yates did not feature in Nottingham Forest’s 18 for their opener at Bristol City.

Yates’ impressive pre-season form gave his boss Aitor Karanka second thoughts about letting him out on loan, but Warne will continue to monitor the situation, especially with Forest playing again in midweek.


“I do like Ryan Yates because he is a typical midfielder for me because he is athletic,” Warne said. “He has got a lot better over the last 12 months but I presume there will be loads of clubs after him because he is what everyone wants in a midfielder really.

“If you look at Forest’s games, I remember when he scored at Scunny in a strong team, it wasn’t like a team of reserves.

“So I would completely understand if Aitor decided to keep him. In fairness to Yates, he is Forest’s player and if something changes and they phone me or another manager and says he’s available then I think people would love to take him.”





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