ROTHERHAM UNITED: Millers boss Steve Evans will be happy it is sorted

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ROTHERHAM United will be happy that the future of striker Lewis Grabban is sorted out.

Manager Steve Evans said that if the striker was still at the club when they reported back for training on July 1 then he would be staying.

But his impending move to Bournemouth - set to be finalised today after successful talks yesterday - means that the matter has been sorted sooner rather than later.

It therefore gives Evans extra time to ponder his own striker options now he is a front man down.

It may even open up the intriguing prospect of Evans considering going back to Bournemouth for Matt Tubbs for whom he had a Millers club record bid turned down shortly after the end of this season.

The future of Rotherham’s 21-goal top scorer of this season has been shrouded in doubt ever since Evans revealed two weeks before the end of the campaign that they had received bids from one club and interest from another.

Evans said at the time that he wasn’t looking to sell the player and hoped he’d stay whilst acknowledging that Grabban would look to take the chance of a move back down to his native south.

He came north last Summer from Brentford and was one of Andy Scott’s major signings and also one of his successful ones.

Scott offered Grabban the chance of regular first time football with the proviso that he could even earn himself another move if he did well.

He did do well and has found himself subject of interest from some League One clubs including the promoted pair of Crawley Town and Swindon.

Crawley, now managed by former Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll, had a bid turned down and reportedly made another but Bournemouth have now stepped in.