League One side Rotherham United are set to launch a second bid for St Johnstone right-back Shaun Rooney according to the Daily Record, after seeing their first offer of £200,000 knocked back by the Scottish side.
This first bid was exclusively reported by the Daily Record yesterday – and despite this initial setback in their pursuit of the 24-year-old – they have not been deterred by this and are set to increase their offer to £300,000.
Rooney is in the final year of his contract at McDiarmid Park but with his side finishing 5th in the Scottish Premiership last season, they are set to enter the Europa League qualifying stages and will want to retain some of their key players going into this European campaign.
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The right-back is one of those important players for Callum Davidson, making 39 appearances in all competitions, recording six goals and three assists in that period and this attacking pedigree, as well as his defensive ability, will be sorely missed in Scotland if they lose him to the Millers this summer.
Rotherham are desperate for a new right-back to come in after the departures of Billy Jones and Matthew Olosunde, with the latter being especially important to Paul Warne as he made 32 appearances in the Championship last season.
According to the Lancashire Post, the 23-year-old American could be set to sign for Preston North End, with a right-back at the top of Frankie McAvoy’s transfer agenda.
Olosunde will be a big miss for Paul Warne, but if they can bring in Rooney who is just one year older for a modest £300,000, it could be a bargain for someone who was competing at the higher end of the Scottish top tier last season.
However, the one barrier to this move (other than finances) could be St Johnstone’s upcoming campaign in the Europa League – and the 24-year-old could be tempted by the prospect of taking part in the competition.
Although they may not get through to the group stages, they have to be in it to win it and they are, perhaps putting this move on hold until their participation in Europe is over. This could even mean this move is put on hold until January, but at that point, any side could come in and arrange a pre-contract agreement for the full-back.
On the other hand, this could tempt the Scottish side into selling him now. It will be interesting to see how this one develops.