Rotherham United: Paul Warne lands his first signing of January transfer window

Rotherham have made Hakeeb Adelakun their first signing of the January transfer window.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 5:12 pm
Hakeeb Adelakun (left) pictured in his Scunthorpe days, has joined Rotherham on loan. Pic: Simon Bellis/Sportimage.

Following Carlton Morris' recall to Norwich, the Millers have snapped up the Bristol City winger on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has failed to make an impact at the Robins following his 2018 move, which came after impressing in the Scunthorpe team that the Millers beat in the play-offs two years ago.

His signing ends a long chase by boss Paul Warne, who tried to sign him on three previous occasions.

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Adelakun will add extra creativity to the Millers squad as they try and get over the line in the League One promotion race.

Warne said: “I tried to sign him a couple of times before and haven't been able to.

“Bristol City have kindly helped us make it happen.

“I do like signing players who can play more than one position for obvious reasons. We have a really small squad so loads of lads flip around the pitch.

“I feel we have been lacking a little bit of creativity possibly and he is athletic, he can play on either wing or as a 10 and he is keen to get his career going again so I think he suits our dressing room and pitch.”

Adelakun will have had big ambitions following his move to Ashton Gate, but has featured only five times and none this season.

He still has a lengthy contract down there, but Warne has raised the possibility of his loan spell leading to a more permanent stay.

Warne added: “They paid good money for him so he has got another year and an option, but he is one of those sort of players where if we were fortunate to go up and he did play a part in it then my opinion is that he can play for us in the league above.

“So it is something, if Bristol City wanted to part company, he would be someone I would be interested to keep.

“All the players we are trying to get are hopefully if we did go up would be able to play the league above.”

Meanwhile, defender Clark Robertson went under the knife on Thursday to repair his groin injury.

The Scot is expected to be out until the middle of February.