Huddersfield Town will have to come up with a better offer if they’re to land Rotherham’s Danny Ward in the coming weeks.
The Terriers have already seen a £1m bid rejected by the Millers, for whom Ward has been a shining light this season.
Rotherham are already 12 points from safety at the foot of the Championship table.
And with Ward’s contract expiring in six months’ time, the Yorkshire outfit could fall into League One and lose their star forward for nothing.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to Huddersfield, having only left them to join Rotherham two years ago.
That move was believed to be around £400k, and having already turned down one six-figure offer, the Millers might simply be haggling for the best possible return.
Huddersfield are going great guns under David Wagner this season, and are facing up to a very real prospect of Premier League promotion.
Sitting fourth in the table, there’s still plenty of time to catch either Brighton or Newcastle, while a play-off berth is looking increasingly likely.
So it remains to be seen just how hard he Terries push to land the experienced Ward.
In a trying season, the Bradford-born forward has done remarkably well to score nine times this season, in addition to three assists.
And one can only imagine what he might achieve on this form under Wagner’s astute tutelage.
While they have a couple of weeks yet to twist Rotherham’s arm before the window shuts, Huddersfield next task is a trip to fellow-Yorkshiremen and promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.
With the Owls just two places below the Tykes in the table, this clash could be a cracker, but the bookies make Wagner’s men outsiders at 5/2.
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