Rotherham United beat the transfer deadline to seal permanent signing of Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt

Curtis Tilt has completed his transfer deadline day move from Blackpool to Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:24 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:33 pm

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While the fee is lower than the £300,000 Rotherham offered during the summer, it's still believed to be in the six-figure region.

He is expected to be replaced by Bristol City's Taylor Moore, who should be confirmed on a loan move before tonight's 11pm deadline.

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Tilt made 111 appearances during his time on the Fylde coast

"The club would like to thank Curtis for his efforts and wish him well for the future," the club said in a statement.

Tilt had been keen to join the Millers during the summer however Blackpool’s new owner Simon Sadler was reluctant to sell.

It was initially believed the Millers would wait until the summer to strike a deal for the defender given his contract expires at the end of the season.

But the South Yorkshire returned to the transfer market and re-ignited their interest in the 28-year-old after former Seasider Clark Robertson suffered a serious injury.

Tilt made 111 appearances during his time on the Fylde coast

Tilt’s future at Bloomfield Road has been a long-running saga stretching back a couple of years.

He had previously been the subject of serious interest from Ipswich Town in 2018, when former manager Gary Bowyer slapped a £1m asking price on the defender’s head.

Portsmouth were another club to keep tabs on the centre back in previous transfer windows.

The defender was offered a new contract at Blackpool during the summer but the two parties couldn’t come to an agreement, talks eventually breaking down.

Since then, Tilt has made no secret of his desire to seek a new club.

A 2017 signing from Wrexham, Tilt made his Football League bow with the Seasiders, going on to make 111 appearances for the club, scoring once.