Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans plans loan signings

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Boss Steve Evans has confirmed that Rotherham United will add to their squad in the next loan window.

Clubs can begin doing business on Tuesday, and the Millers manager: “We will add to our squad. It will happen.

“There are a couple of players where we’ll pick up conversations as we go past the weekend.

“We’d like to bring in a couple. We’ve cleared the decks so that can happen. We’ve got wonderful cover in our squad at the minute, but we need one or two more bits of quality.”

Evans believes midfielder Ben Pringle, out of contract in the summer, could be a Millers player next season.

“Ben’s a good player. He had the opportunity to speak to one club, he turned it down. That tells you volumes. Ben could have been much better off financially,” he said.

“The kid wants to be a Miller. We have a little break in proceedings after Blackburn and maybe there’s an opportunity for me and him to get a cup of coffee together and see if we can build a bridge.

“I’ve already had a brief chat with him. He’d love to be here. I know our chairman and board would love to keep him as well. That’s all showing positive signs.”

Evans revealed how he and chairman Tony Stewart worked into the evening on transfer deadline day last Monday trying to make signings.

“We were trying for a couple of weeks leading up to the deadline,” he said. “Eventually I said to the chairman about eight o’clock on deadline night ‘we’ll call it quits here, we’re not getting anywhere’.

“We came close on a couple and perhaps not so close on a couple. We had some calls in as well just to see if we could react to other clubs doing things with players that we liked.”

Mick McCarthy, boss of today’s AESSEAL New York Stadium visitors, Ipswich Town, has backed the Millers to stay up this season.

“Absolutely, 100 per cent,” he saidI think they will be midtable, towards the top end,” he said. “I watched them recently and they absolutely bashed Bolton. They get after you and make you work.”

Town’s 18-goal marksman, Daryl Murphy - the Championship’s leading scorer - missed last week’s draw with Wigan but Evans expects him to play today.

“Together David McGoldrick and Darly Murphy are as good as anything in the league,” the Rotherham boss said. “They’re two special, talented boys.

“Murphy missed last week but we know one or two people down there to say they’ll both be on the grass at New York tomorrow. It makes our task tougher, but it’s certainly a game we’re looking forward to positively.”