Rotherham have said Carlisle United's Joshua Kayode wil remain out on loan.

The Blues had feared the Championship club may have recalled the young frontman this month.

But Millers boss Paul Warne says he wants Kayode to continue learning his trade out on loan.

The forward is on a season-long deal with Carlisle, where he has scored four goals in 21 appearances and played a key attacking role for Chris Beech's league leaders.

Warne, speaking at a pre-match press call ahead of their FA Cup game against Everton, said: “There’s been a lot of loan interest in Joshua Kayode, he’s doing really well and playing well as well.

"I think his pace and power is attracting a lot of clubs and he has a long throw as well.

"For his development, this is the reason we loaned him out, we wanted him to improve and see if he has stepped enough to play a part for us when he comes back in the summer.

“Fundamentally, I could bring him back and he could play 10 minutes in the next 20 games and that isn’t going to help him or us in the long run.

"So JJ will stay out on loan for the foreseeable and hopefully he’ll continue to keep growing as a player.”

Warne's comments do not rule out the possibility of Kayode joining a different club on loan.

But Carlisle will be strongly hoping the frontman stays in Cumbria.

The season-long deal includes a January recall clause.

United director of football David Holdsworth told the News & Star last week that the club had made it clear to Rotherham that they wanted the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international to remain with the Blues for the campaign.

Carlisle have already secured the services of defender Rhys Bennett for the season, and are believed to be getting closer to further January additions.

Attack is a priority for the Cumbrians after the departure of Gavin Reilly to Livingston.