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Rotherham Receive Championship Bid For Crooks
Thursday, 8th Jul 2021 14:24

Rotherham boss Paul Warne has revealed that the Millers have received a bid from a Championship club for Blues’ target Matt Crooks.

On Monday it was reported that the South Yorkshiremen had rebuffed a Town offer understood to be £500,000 or £600,000 for the 27-year-old, the Blues' second bid after £400,000 had previously been rejected.

Now a Championship club has made an offer understood to be in excess of Town’s second offer.

“There has been a bid from a Championship side but it hasn’t reached the chairman’s valuation,” manager Paul Warne told the Rotherham Advertiser.

Previously Championship clubs Middlesbrough, Peterborough United, Derby County - who are currently subject to a transfer embargo - and Cardiff City were reported to be interested.

The Millers boss has previously said he’s not keen to see Crooks move on to a League One rival, but has admitted that there comes a point where it becomes impossible to turn an offer down. Rotherham are understood to have put a £1 million price tag on the midfielder's head.

A further Town bid - or bids - appear inevitable with Crooks, who has a year left on his contract, one of manager Paul Cook’s top targets and despite the Championship interest the Blues are in a strong position to get their man.

Leeds-born Crooks, who can operate either in defensive or attacking midfield roles, was a schoolboy with Manchester United’s academy before moving on to Huddersfield with whom he made one senior appearance.

While with the Terriers he spent time on loan at FC Halifax, Radcliffe Borough and Accrington before joining Stanley on a permanent basis in 2016.

In July 2016 he joined Rangers in Scotland but six months later he departed for a loan spell at Scunthorpe having been unable to make an impression at Ibrox.

A switch to Northampton followed in the summer of 2017 before he moved on to Rotherham in January 2019 and was a member of the side which won promotion to the Championship the next season, scoring both goals - out of a campaign total of 11 - in the Millers’ 2-0 victory over the Blues at Portman Road.

In 2020/21, Crooks netted seven times as the South Yorkshiremen dropped back into League One.

In March it was reported that Rotherham had held preliminary talks with Crooks regarding a new deal in the wake of the interest from Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile, reports north of the border have dismissed claims that Hearts want to sign Blues midfielder Teddy Bishop.

According to Edinburgh Live, the 24-year-old is not a target of the Scotttish Premiership side.

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Mediocre_Quick added 14:27 - Jul 8
Didn't match Chairmans valuation, doesn't want him to move to a L1 rival, will most likely end up signing a new deal then

Taricco_Fan added 14:39 - Jul 8
Time to move on from this one.

BaddowBlue1 added 14:40 - Jul 8
Agents bumping up the wages for his new contract wherever he ends up. Beginning to doubt that this one will get over the line.

bluearmy78 added 14:45 - Jul 8
What’s their valuations, £3m odd? Obviously want a bidding war to get the best price. I’m sure we can afford want they want it but at the same time we don’t want to be fleeced!!!

danchances22 added 14:46 - Jul 8
Time to move on.
Big difference between us and Wigan this transfer window, they are signing the targets they want we aren’t.
Look at Siergiest for example. We refused to pay anymore despite having a ‘big budget’

Yet, we are all getting excited about the possibility of promotion this season I struggle to see how…… we need some serious amount of signings before we can even think about getting out of this league.

BlueBlood90 added 14:49 - Jul 8
Not sure how much I believe this. I notice how Warne didn't mind name dropping Ipswich Town during interviews when we made an offer but won't mention who the Championship club is that's supposedly made an offer now. Could just be a ploy to try and make us panic into returning with the valuation they want for him.

positivity added 14:50 - Jul 8
he'll probably end up at a championship club.

rotherham will accept less from them as it's not selling to a rival, and crooks is more likely to agitate for a move there.

time for plan b unless ashton has a masterplan to get him onboard

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:52 - Jul 8
Rotherham playing hardball? And you can hardly blame them in the circumstances. Maybe move on to the next one? Or make a final offer and that's it? We all know from experience what a minefield football transfers can be at any level, so this is not a big surprise.

DavefromWatford added 14:54 - Jul 8
danchances22, Totally agree Wigan have been successful with their signings. I am still hoping PC goes back in for Siegrist, Would love to see us get Pigott & Crooks then we would have a pretty good team to choose from. Fingers Crossed.

BlueNomad added 14:59 - Jul 8
You know all that do you danchances?

billlm added 14:59 - Jul 8
The biggest problem I see is that you have your primary targets then tier two three etc, we always seem to settle for second third best, it can't happen this year we need to get out of this league this season, to many other big hitter now, if there are players cook believes are important part of his jig saw pay the money, crooks is a very good player at this level, I still think Rotherham are trying to smoke us out,

Bazza8564 added 15:04 - Jul 8
I agree 100% with blueblood90, sounds like a bit of Brinkmanship to me.

The club dont leak news about deals for good reasons, and whilst we all hang on every scrap and want things to happen yesterday because of our passion for the club, they operate with real stealth and secrecy until they have it done.

If Crooks is PCs target and that hasn't changed, until he signs elsewhere then I have every faith that Ashton will sign him. And others....

ImAbeliever added 15:05 - Jul 8
Flog him to the Championship club then. I don’t care where he ends up.

blues1 added 15:09 - Jul 8
Danchances. Stop talking rubbish. We didnt pay for siegrist bcse it became known that Hladky was available. And so far, weve signed everyone that weve actually made an approach for bar Crooks, which isnt completely over yet. Tho rotherham reluctance to sell to a lge1 rival is understandable. And before you say what about Wyke. We didnt even try to sign him. He was discussed internally but that's as far as it went. (Reported in eadt).

chappie added 15:15 - Jul 8
Agree with Bazza8564 .... the only reason why they would leak news like that (whether its made up or genuine) is to talk the price up and encourage fresh bids from others. IMO we should go back in now with a serious offer for a top target of ours, a fair offer that the Chairman won't refuse, and get this piece of business done and move on to others.

Ipswichbusiness added 15:28 - Jul 8
They seem to be desperate; trying to ramp up the price. Will this mythical Championship club pay the wages that we will? If not, then I can’t see the player wanting to go to them.

As I have said before, given the player’s age and contract status, Rotherham are playing a dangerous game.

danchances22 added 15:30 - Jul 8
Blues1 I take it you have all the inside information and all the telephone calls if you think we’ve managed to sign everyone we have approached so far…. Guess you’re one of the famous ITKs going around on Facebook and Twitter

dirtydingusmagee added 15:35 - Jul 8
pass on this one now, the clocks ticking things seem to have gone off the boil a bit.

cjpase1027 added 15:56 - Jul 8
I dont know much about eh players ITFC have signed so far but i do think Its time to get the deals for some of these "top targets" done. I often read about the depressed market and its a strange time for transfers but the same principles remain. Agree a fee, agree wages, get it done. Just like football manager...easy! ;-)

ArnieM added 15:56 - Jul 8
Why would Town be in a “ strong position to get their man, despite the Championship club interest”?
The player is naturall6 fo8mg to want to play f9r a club in the higher division ,isn’t he!

Monkey_Blue added 16:01 - Jul 8
Logic suggests we need to outbid the championship club/s both on fee and wages. I’ll get voted down for this as being negative rather than I’m just taking a realistic view. I’m not saying we won’t sign him but we’ll get rinsed to do it unless his signing guarantees promotion, those clauses only work one way…. You don’t get money back if it doesn’t work out. The irony of those calling negative is that a portion of those have done nothing but be negative for the last half a dozen years on here. I’m right to have reservations about massive player turnover, throwing money above our level at players and being owned by a pension fund. The number of clubs who’ve thrown loads of money at it, had huge player turnover and ended up no better or far worse off is numerous including Sheff Wed and Sunderland but by no means limited to them. We need three difference makers to walk this division.

dubblue added 16:18 - Jul 8
Agree both the club and the player would prefer for him to go to a championship club. The question do we value him at £1m and if so how many more bids do we put in before we get there? If we offer the £1m will they sit and wait to see what other offers come. Of course they will! So does Cook have an alternative to Crooks?

blues1 added 16:42 - Jul 8
Danchances. No only idiots use Twitter. Thats why it's called "Twit"ter. Seriously tho. No I clearly havent been open to all the calls the club have made. No more than you have with wigan. So ur original post is totally inconsistent with ur criticism of what I've said.

istanblue added 17:28 - Jul 8
Norwich scum Warne desperate to squeeze as much money out of us. Move on.

BeattiesBackPocket added 17:42 - Jul 8
Blues1 well said danchances you ‘claim’ to know all about Wigan’s signings and inside information then bash an Ipswich fan for saying the same thing you literally couldn’t make up the hypocrisy or idiocy of it lol

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