ROTHERHAM United are in advanced negotiations over bringing in another front player following the departure of Adam Le Fondre whilst insisting that on loan striker Brett Williams, signed from Reading, is not the automatic replacement for the departed goalscorer.
“The task of replacing Alf is not easy but we’ve made great strides and hopefully, in the next 48 hours we’ll have someone in place,” said Millers manager Andy Scott.
“We are not going to be exploited or abused because we’ve got some money because we are a League Two club and we have a wage structure and the player has to fit in with the rest of the squad and also complement it.”
Scott said he had lined up deals with clubs before the Le Fondre to Reading business was finalised - “we’d been working hard so that if Alf went then we were in a position to move,” he said, adding they had offered “fair fees” for potential signings.
The Reading connection led to the 23-year-old Williams arriving on loan until the end of January.
“They like him down there but obviously he’s untried and this will be an opportunity for him to be involved in league football,” said Scott.
“I’ve seen him play. He’s a good size, quick, strong and I’m sure he’ll take to League Two.
“He’s by no means a replacement for Alf but will give us a bit more physical presence.”
Le Fondre trained with Rotherham on Friday and had a medical late that afternoon before finally signing for Reading with confirmation coming on Saturday lunchtime, Rotherham getting a sizeable chunk of the fee ‘up front’. It is believed the various add-ons could eventually make the deal worth well over the half-a-million mark although his previous club Rochdale are due a ‘sell-on’ percentage of the fee.
“Alf has been excellent for this club and this is a good move for him because I know Brian McDermott (Reading manager) and we work in similar ways and so this will be a seamless transition for Alf,” added Scott.
“We couldn’t stand in his way. When a good player has the chance to move up, to a club with ambitions of going in the Premier League, you have to let him have that opportunity and say good luck.
“He’s been an exemplary pro whilst I’ve been here and worked extremely hard.
“He can go on and improve himself there with a terrific staff and it is a good deal and the chairman was happy with it.”