Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has revealed that there was no chance of Freddie Ladapo joining up with Derby County in January, however, he cannot rule out a summer transfer for the 28-year-old.

The forward was initially linked with the Rams via journalist Tom Barclay’s tweet on transfer deadline day.

A deal never came to fruition, but it was later made known that there had been a genuine enquiry from Derby regarding Ladapo’s services.

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Freddie Ladapo of Rotherham United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Rotherham United at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 31st October 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Appearing as a second half substitute, Romford-born Ladapo then featured against Wayne Rooney’s men just three days later as the Millers recorded a 3-0 victory.

Warne voiced his opinion on the matter, stating it would have been “football suicide” had they let him go, as per The Star.

“They obviously knew I had no appetite for it,” explained the Rotherham boss. “Why would I let one of my strikers go to a team around us in the table unless I could replace Freddie with a much better striker, that would be football suicide.

 

“Me and Freddie get on great, I did have a good chat with him, we didn’t talk about it but it wasn’t like it was the elephant in the room.

The 47-year-old added: “Even his agent didn’t think I would allow it to happen.

“It will be something we revisit in the summer. If Derby come knocking and it is something Freddie wants to do, it is not something I want to do.”

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ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Freddie Ladapo of Rotherham United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Millwall at AESSEAL New York Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Ladapo has made 25 appearances for the South Yorkshire outfit this season, scoring five times and registering one assist.

The Rams’ target enjoyed a more prolific season during the Millers’ latest promotion campaign, notching 17 goals and two assists throughout his 39 appearances.

With the contracts of both Colin Kazim-Richards and Martyn Waghorn set to expire in the summer, revisiting a relatively cheap deal for Ladapo may be a smart piece of business for Derby to make once the transfer window reopens.

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