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Rotherham boss Warne backing Barlaser for Newcastle action in Prem kickoff

Rotherham boss Paul Warne believes Dan Barlaser is a chance to play for Newcastle United against West Ham United this weekend.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Rotherham with Warne, who would love to sign him again.

"You'd be very surprised to know I do like Dan Barlaser, but as we speak at the moment he is still a Newcastle player," Warne said.

"I am led to believe he is competing to be in the squad this weekend so until I know anything different, we can't proceed with anything.

"Even if we did bid for him, I presume there would be a line of people bidding for him and I don't know if we'd be at the front. I haven't spoken to Dan, I haven't spoken to his agent, I am just watching this space.

"I don't like speaking about players at other clubs, but it is not the world's best kept secret that I really like Dan Barlaser. If I get a phone call off his agent or Newcastle saying he is available and asking if I want to speak to him then I will definitely speak to him.

"But at this moment in time, I'm trying to be sincere, if he stays and gets into the Newcastle squad I would be absolutely buzzing for him because I know that's what he wants to do. There could be a chance we could get him if it doesn't work out for him but at the moment it doesn't seem that close."

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