Swindon Town have rejected an offer from Rotherham United for midfielder Massimo Luongo believed to worth £600,000, according to BBC Wiltshire. “He’s a very important player in the squad” stated Swindon chairman Lee Power and described the offer as being a “long way short” of their valuation of the Australian midfielder.
Luongo joined Swindon Town for a fee believed to be around £400,000 in 2013 after a successful loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur; where he failed to make a single appearance. During his time at Swindon he has scored 7 goals in 51 appearances for the club. Steve Evans is clearly a keen admirer of the 21 year old and witnessed his abilities first hand when he scored in Swindon’s 4-0 win at the New York Stadium last season.
Steve Evans has made eleven additions to his squad this Summer including club-recording signing Jordan Bowery from Aston Villa and other notable names including ex-Southampton right-back Fraser Richardson and former Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire as Steve Evans prepares for the Championship. The Millers currently have competition for places in midfield with the likes of Conor Newton, Lee Frecklington and Rob Milsom battling for a place in the middle of the park. Despite this it would appear that Evans still wants to bring one more midfielder to the New York Stadium after the departure of fan’s favourite Michael O’connor and the so-far unsuccessful attempt to bring Richard Smallwood back to the club after impressing while on loan from Championship-rivals Middlesbrough.