Rotherham United: Swindon stand firm over Luongo

Swindon boss Mark Cooper
Swindon boss Mark Cooper

Swindon Town have described Rotherham United’s reported bid for Massimo Luongo as a “fantastic offer”, but insist he is going nowhere.

Town say the Millers have made a £600,000 move for the Australian international midfielder.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure for us to sell Mass,” said the club’s manager, Mark Cooper.

“Thankfully he’s not going.

“With all due respect to Rotherham, I don’t think Mass would go there, but it’s a fantastic offer.”

Twenty-one-year-old Luongo starred for the Robins last season in League One, scoring six goals in 44 league matches, including one against Rotherham at New York Stadium.

The Millers are making no comment, but on Tuesday Swindon chairman Lee Power said they had received a bid of £600,000 and described it as “below our valuation” of the player they signed from Spurs for £400,000.

Cooper added: “I think he’s worth a lot more than that.

“I think the way Lee is doing it is that if we are sustainable we don’t have to sell players.

“Having spoken to Lee, we’re not selling him.”

If Luongo, who has two years left on his deal at the County ground, did leave, Swindon would have to pay a slice of any fee to Spurs because of a sell-on clause in his switch from White Hart Lane.

Meanwhile, the Millers, drew 1-1 against Kilmarnock in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday night, with Alex Revell scoring.

Their next match is against Falkirk tomorrow and they play their final game of the tour on Saturday against Queen of the South.

Rotherham kick off their Championship season at Derby County’s iPro Stadium on August 9 and have already sold more than 1,000 tickets of their 2,600 allocation.