ROTHERHAM United will now look to land a hefty six figure sum for striker Ryan Taylor as talks get underway with Bristol City over the fee.
The 23-year-old Millers target man confirmed his move away from his home town club yesterday when he agreed to join City after talks with manager Keith Millen and City chairman Colin Sexstone.
A move had always been on the cards once Taylor declined to commit himself to a new deal with the Millers during talks last Winter, saying he wished to wait until the end of the season. Rotherham increased their offer but other clubs higher up the chain were eager to take him with Bristol City, Millwall, Barnsley, Derby County, Exeter City and, latterly, Scunthorpe, among the more interested parties.
It seemed that one time Millwall were the favourites to land him and, in fact, they had agreed a figure with the Millers - being under 24, a compensation figure is automatically payable. Although there has been no indication of what that figure was, it seems sure to have been in excess of £300,000.
As talks start between the clubs, City would have to come up with something similar. Neither club would wish to take the chance of the fee being decided by a FA tribunal, a figure that would be binding for both clubs.
Rotherham will have done their research into the sort of sums players have gone for when moving from League Two to the Championship whilst checking on the sort of sums Tribunals can set.
Taylor, from Brinsworth, has been with Rotherham since leaving school.
Despite showing a lot of potential, he tended to be in and out of the side until a successful loan spell at Exeter at the end of the season in 2010 after which he returned a different player and scored twice in Rotherham’s Play-off Final defeat at Wembley.
After recovering from a foot injury which delayed his start, he made 37 appearances last season, scoring 11 times.