Rotherham United: Millers want quality over quantity

St Johnstone forward Stevie May has been linked with a move to Rotherham United.
St Johnstone forward Stevie May has been linked with a move to Rotherham United.
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Millers manager Steve Evans is pinning his hopes on quality rather than quantity as he seeks to turn the League One club into serious promotion contenders.

While the Scot is happy with the progress his side have made this season, he remains on the look out for new faces and has not ruled out dipping into the loan market before next Thursday’s deadline.

But he stressed: “We don’t just want any players. We want people who will strengthen the squad. We don’t want 32 or 33 year-olds who are at the back end of their careers. We want young, hungry, dynamic players who still want to be achieving things.”

Evans certainly plans on bringing in further reinforcements when the transfer window reopens in January, claiming this week Rotherham have made six-figure bids on two unnamed players. The club’s record outlay is £150,000.

“We have a six-figure bid for a player currently plying his trade in English football and we have a club-record bid to a Scottish Premiership club, but that can’t come into effect until January 1,” he said.

The Star understands that one of the positions Evans is eager to bolster is his forward line. Given loanees Matt Tubbs and Tom Eaves are set to go back to their parent clubs in the New Year, Rotherham’s attacking options will be significantly weakened come the start of 2014.

Over the last 48 hours, the Millers have been heavily linked with St Johnstone star Stevie May but Saints boss Tommy Wright yesterday quashed reports insinuating Rotherham have lodged an offer for the Scotland Under-21 international.

“We have had no bid for Stevie,” said Wright. “I had a conversation with Steve [Evans] but there has been no offer.”

Another striker rumoured to be on Evans’ radar north of the border is Inverness’ Billy McKay. When asked about the possibility of recruiting McKay last May, Evans said: “He is a good player but not on the list of targeted names that I have discussed with the chairman.”

Adam Collin will line up against his old club this afternoon but Mark Bradley (groin) is unlikely to be risked.