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Warne: We'd Like to Bid to Keep Kieffer at Rotherham
Tuesday, 21st Nov 2017 17:20

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne says he’d like to bid to keep currently-on-loan Blues striker Kieffer Moore at the New York Stadium in January but is yet to speak to his chairman Tony Stewart about how far he might be willing to go to land the 25-year-old, the top scorer in the top four English leagues, on a permanent basis.

Town boss Mick McCarthy revealed before the international break that he plans to bring Moore, who he signed from Forest Green Rovers for £20,000 in January, back to Portman Road once the transfer window opens, ending his season-long loan with the Millers early.

However, the Blues manager left the door open to Torquay-born Moore, who has scored 13 times in 17 League One starts and one sub appearance this season, leaving Town on a permanent basis if “somebody comes in and offers a bonkers deal for him”.

Warne says he’s not sure what that type of offer might be and is yet to hold discussions regarding what his club might be able to pay to keep the one-time Yeovil man.

“I don’t know what a bonkers bid is for Kieffer,” he told the Sheffield Star. “I don’t know if a bonkers bid is £200,000, £500,000. I just don’t know.

“I haven’t had that conversation with the chairman to see how far he wants to go. I presume there will be a few bidding and it will be open.

“It’s hard to translate what bonkers means in figures, but I would like to think we will try to keep him.”

A number of other clubs, Plymouth Argyle, Port Vale, Stevenage and Partick Thistle among them, were interested in signing Moore on loan in the summer and could be among those who are keen in January.

Warne added: “Obviously we would like to bid and keep him here, but not if it goes unrealistic. If a club come in and bid over a million pounds, then I can’t imagine us being involved. But then again we might be.”

Moore is contracted to Town until next summer with the club having an option to keep him for a further season.

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Warkys_Tash added 17:32 - Nov 21
Didn't we turn £5k into £8M? Got to be worth a bidding war.. All divisions top scorer!

Bluebell added 17:33 - Nov 21
I hope we don't let him go in January and Mick brings him back to see what he can do against Championship teams. He needs balls to feet though and more than 10 minutes at the end of the game.

Then if it doesn't work out perhaps leave him at Rotherham for the end of the season and think about it then. I think he can now step up to the Championship so it would be madness to let him go without a try.

Wickets added 18:04 - Nov 21
Although it might seem a strange one as we signed Sears and Dids both from league1 when they had been scoring for fun. I think if we can get decent money for him i think i would sell. but then again would the cash be reinvested ? Time will tell but will Moore be able to cut it in the Championship?

carsey added 18:36 - Nov 21
Much as I'm pleased for him I don't believe Moore will succeed here unless we start playing two wingers and put crosses into the box constantly which we will never do under McCarthy. He will end up playing as a loan striker like Murphy used to do only he isn't that type of player.
I prefer the idea of leaving him at Rotherham for the season, wait until McCarthy is gone and hopefully the new manager will have a confident young player to use next season.

rfretwell added 19:30 - Nov 21
Since we bought Sears, Didsy and sold Mings transfer fees have gone through the roof, especially for goalscoring strikers. Waghorn and Celino could give Keiffer loads of heading opportunities

bigolconnor added 20:48 - Nov 21
Everyone should have a look at KM's goals to gauge whether he is good enough for championship and beyond. Obviously i'm not a professional scout or anything football and 14 in 16 is very impressive, but i would take £1 million in a heartbeat. Waghorn and Garner for the price of Moore, yes please. Speculative £1million of course.

bigolconnor added 20:49 - Nov 21
sorry 13/17

jas0999 added 21:40 - Nov 21
We will cash in I suspect.

BlueandTruesince82 added 21:58 - Nov 21
Talking of strikers.... well done murph

Lathers added 23:52 - Nov 21
Burn me if I'm wrong but if he comes back here in Jan he won't get much game time, he won't fit in to out current 'style' of play and I actually don't think he'll cope with the step up. If I were him I would want to stay at the place which is clearly working for him.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:03 - Nov 22
I may be wrong, but i don’t think he’s got most of his goals with headers.

Bluewelshman added 09:43 - Nov 22
Most of his goals have been with his feet, he actually has a good turn of pace, and shrugs off defenders with his strength, almost a complete centre forward.
I for one reckon he could do a fantastic job leading the attack for town.

Ipswichbusiness added 12:34 - Nov 22
Unfortunately, MM wants him back so that he can get on the end of all those "passes" hoofed out of defence by Chambers ...

dirtydingusmagee added 15:45 - Nov 24
Ride on ! we need him

dirtydingusmagee added 15:49 - Nov 24
unfortunately ,Evans has a till like Arkwrights in Open all hours, don't think the offer will need to be too bonkers ,hope he stays with us personally.

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