Middlesbrough close in on Rotherham United's Matt Crooks

Rotherham midfielder Matt Crooks has joined up with Middlesbrough's pre-season tour in Cornwall ahead of his protracted transfer.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 1:54 pm

The 27-year-old is poised to sign for Boro in a switch worth in excess of £1million, pending a successful medical.

The Millers accepted an increased bid from the Championship club and Crooks has already said his goodbyes at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Boss Paul Warne says Crooks' Rotherham career is over, having joined from Northampton in 2019 for £200,000.

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Matt Crooks is closing in on a move to Middlesbrough. PHOTO: Dean Atkins

“It’s not top secret that a bid has been accepted,” Warne said.

“Crooksy’s got his medical to have. I cannot foresee him playing another game in a Rotherham United shirt.

“Middlesbrough increased their bid to a level where the chairman felt everyone came out feeling happy. Obviously the player wants to play in the Championship and he deserves that right.

We’ve had a good two and a half seasons out of him. He’s improved no end physically and in his understanding of the game. That’s down to my coaches.

“He will be sorely missed in the dressing room, that is for sure. Your best players always move on.”

Boro boss Neil Warnock, who has history of signing his former club's best players, thinks he will have a big impact at the Riverside.

“I’ve watched Matt for many, many years from playing centre-half at Huddersfield. He’s played all over the show really,” the veteran said.

“I just think he fits in with exactly what we’re looking for.

“I think he can come in and contribute 10-15 goals a season and that’s what we need - more goals.”