Rochdale have rejected a six-figure bid from Rotherham United for midfielder Oliver Rathbone, according to a recent report from Football Insider.
Rathbone has been with the League One club since 2016, having previously been on the books with Manchester United as a youngster earlier in his career.
The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract with Rochdale, having signed a three-year deal with them back in 2019.
He made 46 appearances for the club in the 2020/21 season, as they finished 21st in the third-tier standings and were relegated into the fourth tier of English football.
Rathbone chipped in with three goals and five assists for Rochdale last term, and it appears as though his strong showings haven’t gone unnoticed in recent months.
Rotherham United will be looking to add depth to their squad this summer, as they prepare for life back in League One themselves, having been relegated from the Championship last term.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Millers will submit another offer at this stage, but they’re clearly keen to land his signature ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Paul Warne’s side are set to take on Plymouth Argyle in their opening match of the new League One season, in what could potentially be a closely-fought battle between both teams at the New York Stadium.
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You can understand why they’re targeting a move for Rathbone.
The midfielder has caught the eye with a number of impressive performances for Rochdale in the 2020/21 season, and I’m not surprised to see him being linked with a move elsewhere.
It’s unsurprising to hear that Rochdale are keen to keep Rathbone at the club though, as he’s a player that they can build their team around, but you have to imagine that the prospect of signing for a team that are likely to be challenging for promotion into the Championship like Rotherham could be too good of an opportunity to turn down.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Millers make another bid to try and land his signature.