Millwall have club record bids lodged as they look to start summer transfer activity

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has revealed that they have bids in for two players which exceed their current transfer record.

The Lions have had an offer rejected for Aberdeen attacking midfielder Lewis Ferguson. The 22-year-old Scottish international scored 16 goals in all competitions last season.

The club’s transfer record is £1.5million, paid to Sheffield United for Ryan Leonard in 2019.

Rowett underlined that a number of moves are in play as the South London club look to strengthen their squad this summer.

“All we can do is put in some good players who we think will make us better,” Rowett told the South London Press. “There are a lot of good players that we’ve been in discussion with. What I would say is the club are prepared to put some good offers out – we’ve put two bids at the moment that would probably be bigger than our record signing. It shows where we are.

“What we don’t want to do is not use that money wisely because it is a lot of money.

“It’s also important that the right players want to come to us. If the players are committed then they are the ones we want to try and get over the line.

“We’ve got a really strong core to the group. It’s about the extra little bits that are going to make us better and if they aren’t good enough there is no point taking them. I’d rather wait, hold my nerve and I’ve probably not changed in 10 years of doing the job.”

Millwall’s players report back tomorrow for fitness testing.

That is not set to include Jed Wallace, who is out of contract at the end of this month and still weighing up his options. The star attacker has been linked with West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.

“The first proper day of training is Thursday and I’m still hopeful we can get a couple of deals over the line before then,” said Rowett. “We’re working incredibly hard behind the scenes to do that.

“The main target is when we go away to Ireland, to have a few signings in then.

“Before you get back to training no one is really in a rush or desperate to do anything. As soon as all the players they don’t want to be there turn up on a Wednesday for testing then there starts to be a little bit more urgency.

“Unfortunately the market doesn’t move as quickly as you’d like it to move.

“Flying out on Monday, it’s important we’ve got a few new players in place. You’re never going to get them all and have your squad complete before you come back. I’ve seen clubs do that, but my view on that is that you then miss out on the quality just to get your group together quickly.”

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