Rotherham United: Millers out to buy not sell

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The January transfer window always promised to be a busy one for Rotherham United.

No fewer than eight players have either moved out or stayed out (on loan) and manager Steve Evans has been preparing the ground for some time to fill the gaps.

They are willing to spend, too, on the right player(s) but are braced also for almost certain interest in their own stars.

The club have reiterated that they do not have to sell and don’t intend to be tempted by any big offers.

Inevitably, in view of his form this season, Ben Pringle has been attracting interest just recently but such is the determination within the New York Stadium to push forward, Evans knows the hierarchy are not looking to cash in.

It would be no surprise should someone try and tempt the Millers with a seven figure offer but they would be in no rush to cash in even if it was £2million. Of course, every player has his price but Evans insist he’s aiming to build something and not offload key players at the first flash of cash.

Efforts have been ongoing to add to the first signing made earlier this week of Miles Addison on loan from Bournemouth.

His arrival brought the numbers available for tomorrow’s home game with Crewe to 15 senior players. Added to that figure can be the suspended Craig Morgan and Claude Davis.

“We don’t want a squad like some clubs have got of 28/29 players, our ideal is 19 or 20,” said Evans.

“We want everyone in the squad to play a part. If they aren’t doing, then we will move them out.

“Players have gone out from here but there are going to be casualties and there will be players who fall by the wayside.

“Players know they have to perform at a level. They won’t be at the top level every week - that’s why they are in League One - but we expect them to perform.”

Rotherham’s interest continues in Wigan’s Nouha Dicko and Evans declined to say if Rotherham were one of the two clubs said to have made a bid for him this week. However, several clubs are said to be interested in the striker who scored six goals in six appearances on loan with Rotherham.

Newcomer Addison will play in centre defence tomorrow alongside Kari Arnason. Craig Morgan is banned for one game, Claude Davis has two to go.

Ben Pringle will be back after his one-match ban. His inclusion is likely to see James Tavernier revert to one of the full back positions.

Crewe - where the Millers drew 3-3 on opening day after a last gasp equaliser from Lee Frecklington - are fourth bottom but have won their last two matches.

*There’s a touch of nostalgia tomorrow with several former stars from Rotherham United’s past at the New York Stadium.

The players from the late ‘50s and 1960s - when the team was in what’s now The Championship - are guests at the Crewe game.

They include Roy Ironside, Lol Morgan, Barry Webster, Gordon Morritt, Keith Bambridge and Brian Sawyer from the squad for the first-ever League Cup Final in 1961 and also Dave Carver, Albert Bennett, Frank Casper, Barry Lyons, Ian Butler and Ray Lancaster.