Echo News has claimed that Southend United have turned down a bid of £200,000 plus add-ons from newly relegated Rotherham United for young midfielder Dru Yearwood.

Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood has attracted the attention of a number of sides since his emergence into the first-team at Roots Hall back in 2017, Premier League side Crystal Palace and Championship duo Middlesbrough and Brentford are among the sides to have bee credited with interest in the young midfielder.

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Now, it has emerged that newly relegated Rotherham United are keen on the 19-year-old, making a bid of £200,000 plus add-ons to try and bring the striker to South Yorkshire for the 2019/20 League One season. However, Southend have rejected the Millers’ approach for Yearwood, as they are determined to keep hold of the youngster, who is one of the club’s prized assets.

Yearwood missed a chunk of the 2018/19 League One season through a hamstring injury, but he played a total of 33 games for the Shrimpers across all competitions, providing two assists along the way. Overall, Yearwood has played 61 games for Southend, laying on a total of seven assists. The academy graduate is yet to score his first senior goal, but Yearwood offers much more to his game.

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A hard-working midfielder, Yearwood is confident on the ball despite his tender years, also being utilised as a defensive midfielder for Southend over the course of his short senior career.

As a League One team, Southend will be hoping to keep onto Yearwood as they look to build on a difficult previous campaign. It will also take a hefty sum for them to allow one of their prized assets to leave to another League One club, with Rotherham suffering relegation from the Championship last season.

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