MILLWALL will widen their search for a new forward this week after approaches for Aaron Mclean, Simon Church and Steven Davies came to nothing.
The Lions have offered £250,000 for Church but do not believe the Reading striker will compromise sufficiently on his personal terms and have cooled their interest in him.
The Wales international’s wages at the Madejski Stadium doubled last summer due to a promotion clause in his contract and he may wait until he becomes a free agent in June to move to a new club.
Boss Kenny Jackett thought he had landed Mclean until the end of the season after Hull City agreed to accept a £100,000 loan fee last week, but Ipswich Town snared him at the eleventh hour.
Chief executive Andy Ambler told NewsAtDen that he believes the Tigers were wary of sending a player to a potential play-off rival and that a deal with the Tractor Boys represented less of a risk.
Enquiries have also been made about Bristol City frontman Davies with a view to a permanent move, but Robins boss Derek McInnes is adamant the 25-year-old is not for sale.
Jackett has therefore been forced to re-evaluate his transfer plans – and admits he may have to be patient during the January transfer window as he looks to replace Chris Wood.
He told the club’s official site: “Signing players is easy, signing the right players is more difficult. I would like to have signings lined up for Monday, but that’s not likely to happen.
Chairman John Berylson added: “We know the squad is stretched and we will bring people in.”