Rotherham United: Millers poised for new boy No 8

Rotherham United could have another new signing in place ahead of tonight's EFL Cup clash against Morecambe.

Monday, 8th August 2016, 11:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th August 2016, 8:29 am
Alan Stubbs

New boss Alan Stubbs said there had been “progress” since last Saturday’s 2-2 opening-day home draw with Wolves as he looks to add to the seven players he has already recruited.

Any arrival wouldn’t feature in this evening’s home match against the League Two Shrimps.

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Last night, Celtic right-back Darnell Fisher, aged 22, was being linked with a permanent switch to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Even if nothing is announced today, Stubbs reckons the Millers will bring in at least one more new face before Saturday’s Championship showdown at Aston Villa.

“We’re hopeful that we might be able to conclude some business this week,” he said. “Whether that’s done before the Morecambe game, only time will tell. We’re hopeful.

“If not, I’d be more confident we can get something done before Saturday’s game.”

Stubbs expects to sign “four of five” more players before the transfer window closes at the end of August, with a striker, more defenders, a winger and possibly another midfielder on his wanted list.

But he again distanced the club from centre-forward Lee Gregory, the subject of a £1.4 million bid which was rejected by Millwall last month.

“I think we’ve moved on from it, if I’m being honest,” he said. “Everyone knows there was an interest in him and we made a significant offer, but Millwall have a right to accept or not accept bids and we respect that. On this occasion, there was not a deal to be done.”

It would appear that the London outfit would have to contact the Millers first if there is to be any prospect of that transfer being revived.

Stubbs added: “We still need to bring in competition for some positions in the backline. We are still in the market for a striker and I’m still looking to bring in another wide player.

“Whenever we bring anybody in, we want to enhance the squad with even more quality. We may at times play three at the back. In the backline, the players we will look to bring will be ones who give us that little bit of flexibility to do that on occasion.”