Brighton midfielder Richie Towell is reportedly in talks with newly-promoted Rotherham United over a permanent return to the club.
The former Dundalk man spent last season on loan at The Millers scoring 6 goals in 46 appearances as they secured promotion from League One back up to the Championship.
Towell has been training with parent club Brighton during pre-season but after their impressive first campaign in the Premier League and a number of new additions arriving to bolster their midfield it is unlikely that the 27-year-old will get to see much game time at the Amex if he were to stay.
Talks between the two sides over Towell’s future have been going on throughout the summer but their manager Paul Warne revealed that they are still far away from agreeing on a deal.
“I believe we spoke to Brighton [on Wednesday],” the Rotherham boss told the Yorkshire Post. “There have been ongoing talks with his agent. If we can’t make it work for both parties, as with every signing, it won’t happen.
“I don’t believe we are much closer than we were a month ago. That doesn’t mean I have given up hope that it could happen, but it doesn’t seem any more likely.”
Warne added that the opportunity for a loan deal could potentially be there but that it seems like a “stalemate” to him.
“If someone comes in and buys [Towell] it’s game over. If it goes beyond the window, an opportunity for a loan, then we still have a chance to get him.
“But at the moment it feels like a bit of a stalemate to me.”