Gary Rowett is still expecting there to be transfer activity by Millwall before Tuesday’s transfer deadline – but has reiterated he has no desire to lose Jed Wallace.
The summer window closes at 11pm on August 31. Lions manager Rowett wants to bring in a creative attacking midfielder and has also been left depleted in defence with injuries to Shaun Hutchinson and Danny McNamara.
“I expect there to be something happening and we’re working incredibly hard to see if we can get one or two things on,” said the Millwall boss. “Do I want drama on the last day? Probably not in those last 24 hours.
“I know it makes for brilliant TV and can be exciting for the fans, but I don’t think the best decisions are always made under a little bit of pressure, or feeling you have to do something. In an ideal world, if we do something, it’s done Monday and we can make those good decisions.
“It’s a really tough market for everybody. Nothing has really snowballed. It will either really kick into life in the last two or three days or remain pretty flat, with everyone keeping players and going with what they’ve got.”
Wallace, 27, will be inside the final 10 months of his contract at the start of September.
He has scored 34 goals in 174 league matches since a permanent move to Millwall in June 2017.
There have been no concrete offers for the influential attacker.
“There is always going to be interest in someone like Jed,” said Rowett. “But we’re not looking to sell and I don’t think he is necessarily looking to go, particularly in this window.
“I don’t think that’s down to him not being on lots of people’s radar – any player who has scored double figures [in the past two seasons] will be on everyone’s radar. We have players on our list that have done similar, but whether that is throwing big bids in this window is a different matter.”
Rowett expects to have Ryan Leonard (hip) fit after the international break.
“I’m hoping Hutch, Danny and Mase [Mason Bennett] won’t be a million miles away then,” he said. “They are important players for us.”
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