Rotherham United on red alert to bring back Newcastle star on loan

Rotherham boss Paul Warne is keeping his fingers crossed that he can get loan star Dan Barlaser back to the club.

Friday, 4th September 2020, 9:49 am

The midfielder spent last season with the Millers on loan from Newcastle and was one of the key players in the club’s points-per-game promotion.

He went back to the Magpies to try and get in their first team squad and has been involved in their pre-season.

But Steve Bruce has hinted the 23-year-old could be allowed to move back out if he can strengthen his own squad.

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Rotherham United have set their sights on signing Newcastle United's Dan Barlaser on loan again. Photo: Steve Ellis

That has put Warne on red alert, though he could face competition for his signature.

“Dan is chasing his dream to get into the Newcastle squad,” Warne said. “If he doesn't get into the Newcastle squad, I'd love to take him.

“Whether I can beat off competition for him I don't know.

“I have to wait until get the green light from Newcastle and the player that he's available.”

The Millers kick-off their 2020-21 campaign with a Carabao Cup first round tie at Salford - the best part of six months since their last game.

Warne has been busy building a squad that is going to keep his side in the Championship and made goalkeeper Viktor Johansson his sixth summer signing.

He does not think number seven is imminent, but he is still looking.

“There is nothing near,” the boss added.

“We are still four or so weeks away from the window shutting.

“I want something up top. The amount of chances we've created and haven't taken in pre-season would suggest we need something else.

“I'd like to get a centre mid in. I think I need one. “We've got only four and Ben (Wiles) is injured at the moment so we have only three going into Saturday's game.”

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