Rotherham United missed out on a deadline day deal to sign Danny Batth from Sunderland, as detailed in a report by the Rotherham Advertiser.
Rotherham United were keen to lure the defender to South Yorkshire before the end of the transfer window last Friday.
Batth, 32, ended up joining fellow Championship side Norwich City instead after being allowed to leave the Stadium of Light.
He penned a one-year deal with the East Anglian outfit, with the club holding the option to keep hold of him for an extra 12 months on top of that, and he was handed the number 21 shirt at Carrow Road.
Blow for Rotherham
Batth would have been a useful addition by Rotherham if they were able to have landed him. He is a vastly experienced player in the Football League and has racked up 455 appearances in his career to date, chipping in with 26 goals from the back.
Missing out on him means the Millers may have to delve into the free agent market between now and January if they are still eager to add more competition and depth to their defensive department.
Batth spent a year-and-a-half with Sunderland and helped them gain promotion from League One in his first season at the club under their former boss Alex Neil.
He was then part of their squad who reached the play-offs in the last campaign under Tony Mowbray’s guidance but was given the green light to head out the exit door last week to pursue a new challenge.
The Dudley-born man rose up through the ranks at Wolves and played 212 games for the Midlands outfit altogether, as well as having loan spells away at Colchester United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough before leaving permanently for Stoke City.
Rotherham looked at landing him recently but have been forced to look elsewhere after Norwich beat them to the punch.