Rotherham's Danny Ward should be number one target for Ipswich Town

Rotherham United's Danny Ward (L) in action with Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark

Ipswich Town should do whatever it takes to sign Danny Ward from relegated Rotherham United, and Mick McCarthy may have already hinted at a move for the forward.

Rotherham's Danny Ward in actionRotherham's Danny Ward in action

McCarthy has not been drawn on Ward specifically but has revealed that he will not hesitate to raid relegated clubs from the Championship as he prepares to rebuild his side for next season.

He spoke about recent signings that he has secured when their side has failed to beat the drop to League One. 

"Cole Skuse has been a big success, while we also took Paul Anderson and Dean Gerken from them that year and they also were successes for us. I’ve no problem with taking players out of teams that have got relegated." (East Anglian Daily Times)

McCarthy has been restricted to working on a tight budget at Portman Road and prior to this season, had enjoyed relative success in the Championship in recent years.

This campaign has been more a struggle for the Tractor Boys and only just secured their Championship safety with their recent win over Newcastle United. Ipswich fans can expect a new look team next season as they bid to challenge for a play-off place. McCarthy has revealed a number of first team players will exit in the summer.

Ward has scored 12 goals for Rotherham so far this season. He has been one of the few positives for the Millers in a torrid season that saw them become the first side in the football league to be relegated.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthyMick McCarthy will be rebuilding his Ipswich side in the summer

Ipswich were reportedly in the hunt to sign Ward in January but now their relegation is confirmed, there is no better time for McCarthy to make his move.

Despite their drop to League One, Rotherham will be taking up the option to extend Ward's contract by 12 months after his current deal was due to expire this summer.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne has warned off any suitors hoping to get Ward for a cut price deal and has insisted he will not be going anywhere unless the price is right.

“Only if an offer comes in near our valuation will we consider selling him,” he told the Sheffield Star.

“The chairman (Tony Stewart) said that to me, so if someone comes in with a cheeky offer we will just keep him for the season and get as many goals out of him as we can.” 

Danny Ward of Rotherham United (L) and Glenn Loovens of Sheffield Wednesday in actionDanny Ward is Rotherham's top goalscorer with 12 goals

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