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TRANSFER ROUNDUP: A slow start to the summer

June 7, 2019

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It's not been the most exciting start to the transfer window for Millwall after Neil Harris promised a re-build of his squad this summer.

 

One signing has been completed so far, with Alex Pearce joining on a permanent deal after an impressive loan spell.

 

A number of players were released in mid-May, with the most surprising being Ryan Tunnicliffe - though Harris has admitted that the former Manchester United midfielder could still have a future in SE16 in an interview with the Lions' official iFollow service.

 

Some rumours have been dismissed outright as pure speculation, including a potential move for Charlton's Patrick Bauer and a move for 37 year old Fenerbache goalkeeper Volkan Demirel.

 

Millwall are now looking to sign two goalkeepers but Demirel is not a target - the Lions do not yet scout abroad in full though this is a process Harris is keen to look into.

 

Bartosz Bialkowski is a target for the position between the posts after Dave Martin's move to West Ham - coming after the former MK Dons man had 'verbally agreed' a new contract with Millwall. 

 

Birmingham are also said to be interested in the Ipswich man, who has one cap for Poland.

 

This week, Harris told the South London Press that talks are at an advanced stage with one goalkeeper target.

 

@ExWHUEmployee [Twitter] has also suggested that Millwall are chasing Hammers goalkeeper Nathan Trott on loan, though it remains to be seen as to whether there is any substance to that story - particularly given Harris only generally being keen on loans with a view to a permanent deal, which would unlikely be the case with Trott.

 

Tom King has this morning signed for Newport County, whilst Jordan Archer is still looking for a new club.

 

With regards to other rumours, activity has been limited though one stands out.

 

The News [Portsmouth] reported that Wigan and Millwall are locked in a battle for Jamal Lowe - a winger who scored seventeen goals and contributed eight assists last season.

 

Harris has expressed that one of his priorities is to increase attacking output from the wide areas, which Lowe would certainly do.

 

He would also add some much needed pace to the team, though Portsmouth reportedly value the wide man at £3m, though both Millwall and the Latics have had bids of £1.5m rejected.

 

Some have suggested offering Fred Onyedinma as part of the deal given he is a player without a future in SE16, providing Portsmouth with an immediate replacement.

 

Southwark News also reported that Millwall are again interested in QPR striker Matt Smith, who would be a likely replacement for Tom Elliott - another player that is expected to leave the club this summer.

 

Harris has said more players will leave, with Aiden O'Brien's future also uncertain.

 

Manchester City are chasing 16 year old Lions winger Samuel Edozie, with potential compensation reaching more than £1m. Chelsea are also said to be interested.

 

Edozie would follow then 14 year old Darko Gyabi to the Etihad after the latter made the switch to the Premier League champions back in November. 

 

Compensation for Gyabi could also reach seven figures.

 

In more positive news, Ben Thompson is set to sign a new long term contact with the Lions.

 

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