Rotherham United head coach Paul Warne has told the Sheffield Star that he wants to sign Cardiff City’s Semi Ajayi and Tom Adeyemi on permanent deals.

Both players are currently on loan at the Millers from Cardiff, with Adeyemi joining the club back in the summer while Ajayi was a transfer deadline day signing. However both players have been a revelation since moving to the New York Stadium with both making in impact in the thrilling 3-2 loss to Huddersfield Town on Valentines Day with them scoring the goals in that game.

Warne has been very happy with how they’ve been playing since signing for the club and is already looking to the summer where he said he wants to sign them on a permanent deal. It may be possible to snap up Ajayi, even if they are relegated to Sky Bet League One, though it may be a tougher task to sign Adeyemi as he has plenty of other teams are now interested him following his recent good form.

Warne said: “Semi has been ‘ledg’. I hadn’t seen him play a lot, if I’m honest, before his debut against Nottingham Forest. It was a bit of a punt. I spoke to a few people about him.”

“When he played at Forest, after five minutes I knew he fitted the bill a treat. He was doing exactly what we wanted him to do. He’s a great lad. He’s really grown into it. He enjoys playing here. Hopefully his future will be with us.”

“I would like him here. He’s an ideal fit. He’s a good character, he’s young and athletic. I’ve said from day one, young, fit, hungry players are what I want.”

“If we have a whip-round, it’s a possibility he (Adeyemi) could stay!”

“I would love him to stay and, possibly, he would love to stay. Realistically, I don’t know if it’s a possibility. “We would do everything, from a club point of view, to facilitate it. But if he keeps scoring from midfield – that kind of player is a dying breed – other teams in the Championship will want him. A midfielder who scores goals is worth even more to a team.”

“I know the difficulties that lie ahead, but I can assure you we’ll do everything we can to keep him. At the end of the day, it’s Tom’s decision, because he will have choices.”

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