McCarthy: Do a Deal to Sell Kieffer? He Might Be Good Enough for Us
Monday, 25th Sep 2017 18:09
Blues boss Mick McCarthy is delighted that on-loan striker Kieffer Moore is continuing his impressive goalscoring start to the season with Rotherham in League One, having taken his total to eight at the weekend, and says he could look to bring the 25-year-old, now the third tier's top scorer, back to Portman Road in January if that form continues.
“Fantastic, isn’t it?” McCarthy said regarding the 6ft 5in tall frontman, who was signed from Forest Green Rovers for £20,000 in January.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne recently said he would like to sign Moore on a permanent basis but McCarthy says the Blues have no immediate plans to enter into discussions regarding a deal with either the Millers or anyone else with a number of clubs having been interested in signing him in the summer.
“Why would we?” he added. “What if he’s got 15 goals before January? Even if it dries up he’s still got eight. Why do a deal, why don’t we consider that he might be good for us?"
If he does score something like 15 goals by January - when the Blues are entitled to cut the loan short - might he look to bring Moore back to Town?
“You know full well I’ve got to consider [that],” he said. “I took a real chance of Kieffer, he came in and he did all right in a couple of games, but the reality was, this season, we’ve got better strikers in this league.
“[The idea] was always to put him out to Rotherham, he’s done brilliantly at Rotherham and they’d love to sign him, but why on earth would we even try to do a deal now?
“Maybe he’ll come back, plays in the Championship. And that would suit me better, if he’s ripping it up and he’s good enough, that would suit me better.”
Torquay-born Moore is contracted to the Blues for the rest of the season with the Blues having an option for a further campaign.
Meanwhile, McCarthy says he’s yet to hear whether Aldershot want to keep midfielder Adam McDonnell and defender George Fowler beyond their initial month, which is up after this weekend, but says the pair having impressed since joining the Vanarama National League side.
“Not heard from them,” he said. “Both of them have done well. [Academy head of player development] Bryan Klug’s been to watch them two or three times and we’ve had them watched every game I think, certainly we’ve had a scout there.
“They’ve been good, are doing really well, but I’ve not heard from Aldershot yet. Gary Waddock will ring me if wants them.”
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