A ‘final deadline’ set by Rotherham United has passed this evening for Coventry City to accept their already rejected third bid for club captain Jordan Willis, we can reveal.
Sky Blues sources have told us the Yorkshire Championship club set a ‘final deadline’ of 6.15pm for the Sky Blues to accept their third and final offer.
As we revealed earlier, that third offer had already been rejected by the Sky Blues mid-afternoon – because it fell short of the club’s valuation for the 22-year-old defender.
Coventry City boss Russell Slade earlier this month publicly stated other clubs should think again if they thought they could pick up the struggling League One club’s players on the cheap.
Coventry City have also repeatedly stated all players have their price.
On that basis, we understand the deal is off – unless Rotherham significantly up their offer in the coming hours before the transfer deadline closes.
We revealed earlier that our Coventry City sources had dismissed as completely false media reports elsewhere that they had accepted a third Rotherham offer yesterday, and that the player had failed to agree terms with the Yorkshire club.
As of 7pm, club sources also told us Brentford had made no third offer for 19-year-old midfielder Ben Stevenson, after the west London side had two bids of £500,000 and £750,000 rejected earlier this month.
Our sources say there has been no renewed interest today in any other Coventry players including Ryan Haynes, after we revealed a Wolves bid was rejected yesterday.
And there have been no formal late approaches for any other City players. That includes Ruben Lameiras – despite earlier speculation elsewhere, dismissed as false by club sources, that a bid had been made for him.
The clock is ticking on Slade’s hopes earlier today of landing a striker and a central midfielder.
Scoring goals has been a problem throughout a relation-threatening season so far – despite a Checkatrade Trophy semi-final – with Coventry City rooted to the bottom of League One, eight points from safety with a game in hand.
* More news throughout tonight as we get it.