BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Neil Harris has hinted at a club-record bid by Millwall to land loan hit Ben Marshall.
The winger, 27, still has two years to run on his Wolves contract but is a top target for the Lions after performing so impressively for them during his five-month loan stay.
Millwall’s highest fee paid is still for Paul Goddard in 1989 – £800,000 – but Marshall is expected to cost seven figures.
“We are admirers of Ben – he did really well,” Harris told the South London Press. “We have gone really strong for Ben, stronger than we ever have as a club, to try and move our club forward.”
The Lions made their first signing of the summer on Wednesday – Scunthorpe United defender Murray Wallace.
The former Scotland under-21 international had been identified as a target 18 months ago.
“We felt we had really good players in League One and that is proven right because they have carried on into the Championship as well,” said Harris. “But we reviewed League One to see who was the best in the division. We felt there were 12-15 players that would be really good Millwall players.
“Some are now playing in the Premier League, some are at big clubs in the Championship and four of those are with us – Tom Elliott, Conor McLaughlin, James Meredith and Murray.
“We highlighted 12 and got four – that is a big percentage to get into the building. They have all overachieved at the clubs they were at and been in divisional teams of the years or recognised by their fans.
“Murray falls into that category. We need to strive to be better next year. He has versatility – he can play at left-back and as a left-sided centre-back.”
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