Rotherham United: Millers boss wants midfield recruits

Kari Arnason has recovered from his illness.
Kari Arnason has recovered from his illness.
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League One promotion hopefuls Rotherham United are targeting a new midfielder before the January transfer window shuts next week.

Steve Evans, the Millers chief, has already recruited Miles Addison, Tom Hitchcock, Wes Thomas and Blair Turgott this month.

But the Scot has told The Star he wants to freshen up his midfield engine room as Rotherham bid to bolster their top-six credentials.

“We would like to bring in one or two more players,” Evans confirmed. “I meet with my chairman every day. There are no secrets. We talk about evolution not revolution and how we can improve the squad. He [Tony Stewart] wholly endorses my plans.

“So far we have got most of who we have gone for and we will see how Paul Douglas goes with his chats with a couple of other clubs.

“I look at the balance of the squad. We would maybe like to strengthen the middle of the park. We have to find players who are better than what we have.

“There is no point me going to my chairman and asking him to spend a sum of money on players who will be sitting in the stands.

“Our squad is mean and lean but it is full of quality. We’ve just brought in a couple of players and that takes us up to only 20.”

Kari Arnason was a notable absentee from the Millers side who brushed aside Shrewsbury Town last weekend. A virus kept him out of action but Evans said the Icelandic international trained with the rest of the squad yesterday and will be available for selection for Saturday’s meeting with Evans’ old club, Crawley Town.

He said: “Kari has probably lost about half a stone due to the virus he had but he was excellent in training so I expect him to be back in the squad to face Crawley.”

Arnason and Claude Davis will be vying to partner Miles Addison at the heart of Rotherham’s rearguard when they take on Crawley. Davis has served his three-match ban following his red card at Port Vale and Evans said he is in contention to start after an “outstanding” showing in the reserves on Monday.

Evans also said he has received “a couple” of inquiries from clubs asking about striker Danny Hylton’s availability.