Rotherham United: Fee stalemate as Steve Evans looks for two more Millers signings

Joe Newell is welcomed by Millers No 2 Paul Raynor
Joe Newell is welcomed by Millers No 2 Paul Raynor
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Rotherham United are refusing to pay over the odds for their latest target, as they wait on the verdict from a Premier League club over a second deal they hope to strike.

The Millers, who yesterday made utility man Joe Newell their 12th summer signing, are thought to be in negotiations with Scottish outfit Hibs over midfielder Scott Allan who is also wanted by Rangers.

Joe Newell against FSV Mainz 05

Joe Newell against FSV Mainz 05

Boss Steve Evans has refused to confirm who the player is, but says he is prepared to walk away empty-handed rather than pay what he and chairman Tony Stewart see as an excessive fee

The Millers have also held talks with a top-flight side about a loan signing and have been told no decision will be made until next week.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Newell is a contender for the left-back spot on Championship opening day on Saturday after arriving at AESSEAL New York Stadium yesterday for an undisclosed fee.

“It’s something I’m very fortunate to get. It’s a great move for me,” he said.

“The club is going in a good direction. It’s a privilege for them to want me.”

Newell played for the Millers against Bundesliga side FSV Mainz last weekend as the club worked out the terms of the move with Posh, and it is understand he has signed for three years.

Evans said: “Towards the end of last week both clubs were very close to an agreement and this gave comfort for Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony to sanction the lad spending some time with us, which in turn allowed the fine detail between both clubs to be agreed,”

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With left-back Joe Mattock a doubt, Newell could be handed at league debut at home to MK Dons on Saturday.

He is primarily a midfielder but can play in defence, and Evans had been tracking him since last season.

He made 43 second-tier appearances for Posh between 2011 and 2013 and was Player of the Year in their League One campaign last term.