Rotherham United: ‘Cough up’ call to Bradshaw suitors

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Championship clubs keen on Tom Bradshaw have been told to up the bidding if they want to prise the League One hot-shot away from Walsall.

The striker who has hit the 20-goal mark in each of his two seasons with the Saddlers is thought to be on Rotherham United’s list of targets.

Barnsley have already made an offer worth £400,000, while Nottingham Forest and Reading are also hovering.

“There is going to be interest, but Tom has got a market value,” Walsall manager Jon Whitney said. “He is a striker who scores one in two.

“You cannot just let him go. Some of the offers are just people fishing. If they are serious, they need to come up with a serious offer because Tom is a Walsall player.

“I’d love him to stay. I plan to use him in the friendly against Norwich (Saturday July 9).”

The Midlands side are believed to want around £900,000 for the Welsh international they signed from Shrewsbury in 2014.

Rotherham won’t be held to ransom in their bid for any player, but chairman Tony Stewart wouldn’t hesitate to invest if he and manager Alan Stubbs thought it was the right acquisition.

While Walsall wait for the right bid, their 23-year centre-forward has been taking a full part in pre-season training. “Tom has been at the front of all the running the past few days,” Whitney added. “His attitude is great.

“He has always given the club the utmost respect. All the stuff that happens outside is down to agents and chief executives.

“Tom knows all we can do is work him hard and get him fit to play for Walsall. All we ask for is honesty and respect, and that is what Tom gives us. He is great.”

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