ROTHERHAM UNITED: Millers won’t be held to ransom: Steve Evans

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MANAGER Steve Evans has warned Rotherham United will not be held to ransom this summer as they attempt to assemble a squad capable of challenging for promotion.

Evans has stressed the Millers will not exceed their budget after pulling out of a deal to sign an unnamed player over the weekend. He claims the player received a “better offer” at the 11th hour from another club and asked them to match that bid.

Evans, who has captured nine new players so far, said: “Both myself and Paul Douglas [the chief operating officer] agreed that this was unprofessional and it was not something we wanted to entertain, especially after both parties had given their words on the agreed deal. This football club will not be held to ransom and I told Paul I did not now want this player.”

He added: “We want honest, focused and highly motivated players only.”