ISHMAEL Miller will return to Yeovil Town as soon as Nottingham Forest are ready to release him on loan, says manager Gary Johnson.
The Glovers are among a host of Sky Bet Championship clubs keen to broker a temporary deal for the imposing front man, with their boss confident that they are at the head of the queue.
It is understood that Doncaster Rovers and a number of Yeovil’s other relegation rivals have registered an interest and could potentially offer a more attractive financial package.
However, Johnson suggested that Miller’s successful loan spell with the Glovers at the end of last year and the player’s desire to return south leave Huish Park his most likely destination if Forest are unable to sell the former Manchester City man.
Johnson said: “It’s just entirely up to Nottingham Forest and when they’re ready I think they’ll allow him to come to us.
“Ishmael wants to come to us and I’m pleased because he’s enjoyed his time and we’ve already Yeovilified him so we don’t have to go through that again with someone else.
“He’s us and he became a leader while he was here. Of course I’m going to hang on in there and try to get him back when Nottingham Forest are ready.”
Experienced forward James Hayter has made the most of Miller’s return to the two-time European champions, netting twice in both victories against Leyton Orient and Birmingham City.
Ex-Dorchester City and Torquay United youngster Kieffer Moore has also gone from strength to strength and Johnson said Miller would boost a rapidly-improving front line.
“It (signing Miller) is still an iron in the fire. The fire isn’t exactly raging at the minute but it is an iron in the fire and we’d like him to come back and he’d like to come back.
“That would give us more firepower to add to the firepower we undoubtedly had against Birmingham.”