Put up or shut up

Bids: Adam Le Fondre
Bids: Adam Le Fondre
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been told to put up or shut up over Adam Le Fondre.

Rotherham United manager Andy Scott accused them of offering “peanuts” and said Wednesday should make a “proper” bid.

It appears the Millers are resigned to losing their goalscorer before the transfer window closes next Wednesday night, with Scott saying there has been additional interest including from clubs in The Championship as well as League One.

“The fact is, Sheffield Wednesday understand our position and if they are going to make a bid then make a proper bid because, rather than pay peanuts, you pay proper money for a proper player and a proper goalscorer,” he said.

“They are fully aware but keep coming back, changing their offer slightly but to no significant degree.

“If you’re going to make an offer then make one and pay the money he’s worth. But don’t keep coming back and offering peanuts for someone who is worth a lot more.”

He claimed it was unfair on Wednesday fans.

“They think their club is making bids that are realistic. They’re not and they’ve got to put up or shut up. Don’t come back to us unless you’re serious,” he said.

Scott made his astonishing attack whilst admitting he was uncertain whether Le Fondre would be staying or going before Saturday or before the window closes. But they are resigned to losing him provided someone comes up with their valuation or close to it. Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart has talked about a deal worth around half a million pounds.

“We have been strong over this. There has been an increase in interest and if I was him I wouldn’t consider Sheffield Wednesday considering the other clubs that are interested, including Championship clubs,” added Scott.

“He’s a goalscorer and he can score goals at any level.

“Our valuation of Alf has never changed. If we don’t get it then the chairman is quite happy for him to stay, score 20 goals and go on a free next year.”