Boss Steve Evans has spoken of his delight at Rotherham United bringing in a player with a Premier League pedigree as the club continue their pursuit of striker Stevie May.
Evans ended a near-two-month chase by snapping up Chelsea teenager John Swift ona season-long loan deal.
“We have been talking with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea for seven or eights weeks and at one time it looked as if we might miss out on the boy,” said Evans.
“But we were delighted to get a call this week saying we were Chelsea’s preferred option. I had a chat with John and his representaives and that was the easy bit really. It was all about football.”
Swift, aged 19, is an attacking midfielder who Evans says operates best from a wide position.
He scored 18 goals for Chelsea’s junior sides last season and has drawn comparisons with Frank Lampard.
“I don’t think he operates in the same way as Frank Lampard but if you’re talking about a player who has absolutely perfect, top-level technique than it’s valid,” Evans added.
“John was stunning for the Chelsea under-20 side last season. He’s a special talent.”
The Millers manager revealed that the club would probably have not bid for Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo had they managed to finalise the deal for Swift, who played in the top-flight once last season, sooner.
Meanwhile, talks are continuing between Rotherham and St Johnstone over a deal for striker Stevie May.
Evans confirmed the club’s interest, saying: “He is a player we like.” But he added: “A deal is not imminent.
“I have to say it’s looking more unlikely now. It’s a little bit more doubtful than it was on Thursday night. I was more hopeful then.”
Reports north of the border were yesterday suggesting talks had reached an advanced stage and that a deal might be struck at around £1 million.
But it is thought The Saints might be prepared to do business for less.
A St Johnstone spokesman said: “We can confirm Rotherham have made an enquiry and talks are ongoing.”
The Millers play Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium today (3pm).