Rotherham United target Tavernier

James Tavernier on loan at Bristol City last season, is a target for Rotherham United.
James Tavernier on loan at Bristol City last season, is a target for Rotherham United.
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ROTHERHAM UNITED assistant-boss Paul Raynor has admitted that the Millers are interested in bringing back former loanee James Tavernier to the club - if parent club Wigan Athletic decide that they want to let him go.

The Bradford-born full-back enjoyed a highly-impressive loan spell at the club from Newcastle United during the Millers’ promotion to the Championship in 2013-14 and joined Wigan Athletic on a full-time basis last summer.

Tavernier, 23, made just 11 league appearances for the Latics last season and was loaned out to Bristol City in January.

Raynor said: “James is a player who it is well documented that we like. Would we like him in the door? I think that’s quite obvious. He was fantastic for us.

But he’s a Wigan player. I don’t know what has been going on behind the scenes if anything, but he’s certainly a player we’d like and love to have around.

“I know me and Steve (Evans) have spoken about how much we like him as a player. Whether that has gone any further than that, I really don’t know.”

The Millers have already brought in seven players this close-season, with their most recent recruit being utility man Greg Halford.

Defenders Lewis Buxton, Joe Mattock, Danny Collins and Tom Thorpe has also come in alongside Aidy White and Emmanuel Ledesma.