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Millwall on alert as Chaplow prepares to leave Southampton

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RICHARD Chaplow's agent has opened the door for the midfielder to make a return to Millwall this summer.

The 28-year-old made four loan appearances for the Lions last season but was forced to return to parent club Southampton because of an ankle injury.

But Lions boss Steve Lomas has expressed an interest in bringing Chaplow back to The Den and is closely monitoring his availability.

And Chaplow's representative said: "There is probably a good chance Richard will leave Southampton one way or the other – be that on a permanent deal or on loan for the season.

"He's only got one year left on his contract and it doesn't look like he's going to figure in their first-team plans. Richard is very keen to get out and play football, so there's a strong possibility that he will move clubs this summer.

"Right now the Championship is his likeliest destination. He's a quality player at that level."

Chaplow is known to be earning a substantial five-figure salary at St Mary's and would have to take a pay cut if he was to return to Millwall on a permanent basis.

That makes another loan deal the likeliest option – although Chaplow's former club Burnley, where he began his career as an eight-year-old, are also keen on him.

The Lions' interest in ex-Middlesbrough star Nicky Bailey, who is also on QPR's radar, is expected to come to a head in the coming days, with both parties now determined to reach a conclusion one way or the other.

The two sides have been locked in talks this week but are likely to bring negotiations to a close if an agreement cannot be reached in the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Lomas has put a deal to sign free agent Danny Haynes on the back-burner. Haynes left Charlton at the end of last season and has held talks with Millwall about a deal, but Lomas is believed to be actively pursuing alternative targets.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

27 thoughts on “Millwall on alert as Chaplow prepares to leave Southampton

  • July 4, 2013 at 09:14
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    Chaplow would be a really good quality signing - we missed him after he got injured.

    However, relieved to see that its likely Haynes won't be coming. Probably about the same standard as Easter - a decent Division 1 player, but nothing more.

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    • July 4, 2013 at 09:20
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      I'm not sure about Chaplow. A central mid who can play out wide but don't really want another loan signing. If they can get him permanently good but don't think Lomas will want to do that.
      Looks like it's between us and QPR for Bailey and probably down to wages. We're being linked to another midfielder at Newcastle who is surplus to requirements-Mehdi Abeid.
      Looks like we're going to be signing a couple this week either way.

      @Micky Lions:

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      • July 4, 2013 at 10:10
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        @NICKOLA: I'd be happy with either but I'd prefer RC over NB - I'm amazed he's being linked with QPR though.... surely they've already got better on their books!! Chaplow would be a great signing loan or perm!! Get on it Lomas!!

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  • July 4, 2013 at 09:15
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    I'm just happy to see that Lomas seems to be very active in the market!

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  • July 4, 2013 at 09:30
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    I don't like the bit about QPR after Bailey as well, we won't be able to compete with them.
    Good to see that we are interested in Chaplow, would be good if it comes off.
    Cor what an interesting close season.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 09:30
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    Well this looks a lot more positive so much better than last year has the Jackson link died??
    Id take chaplow all day long even if it was on loan.

    Keep looking at Bailey's wife's Twitter In hope she gives something away but it appears she is getting trolled by a couple of idiots.

    y do it??

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    • July 4, 2013 at 10:46
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      @deano22: Don't forget that Jackson is playing for Canada at the gold cup...wants to concentrate on that before deciding where he wants to go...by then we may have a set team!! And he will probably sign for a club who will take him for almost nothing!

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      • July 4, 2013 at 10:59
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        @vonhardshaft: Bournemouth are close to signing him apparenlty and paying him £15-£17k a week!! They can have him for that money!!

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        • July 4, 2013 at 12:53
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Says it all really when Bournemouth are a better proposition than coming here. I don't mind missing out on a player because he goes to the bigger richer clubs but FFS BOURNEMOUTH. We know we are up against it when they beat us to the punch.

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          • July 4, 2013 at 13:56
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            @Sealion: I dont know about that mate - he's got pace yeah but he's not prolific at all.... Bournemouth can afford him after all the cash they've had out of us for McQuoid, Feeney and Malone!!!!

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          • July 4, 2013 at 17:03
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            @Sealion: Yeh the certainly did well out of us unloading those Turkeys. Perhaps we can give them a commission if they could sell on DNG and Wallyford for us. It must be a legacy from the days of dodgy Harry boy.lol

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  • July 4, 2013 at 09:33
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    I'd be very happy if we got Chaplow. A quality player and would be an excellent addition to the squad.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 09:36
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    The only problem I can see with the loans and 1 year contracts is that we could be going through all this again next year when the loans have gone back and the out of contract players have left for better deals.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 10:07
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    Reading that headline I started marinating my hat, but reading on I think that is agent talk & nothing more. He's off to Burnley for the season, guaranteed. Plus, Bailey can go to the R's, personally I think he is average and there must be other targets at his level of ability. Protracted negotiations do seem to suggest that his heart isn't in it.

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    • July 4, 2013 at 10:10
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      It's all about money at the end of the day. If there were two similar jobs going and one paid more than the other which one would you take ?
      Still think he'd be very good for Millwall cos we do need some muscle in midfield but as you say, there are others.
      @glyngo:

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      • July 4, 2013 at 10:11
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        @NICKOLA: Come on Nick give us some news!! who is next?

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  • July 4, 2013 at 10:17
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    I like chap low he looked good for us and is very attacking minded. Gets the ball in the box.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 10:30
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    Looks like we'll need a Centre Mid ASAP - Trotter to miss start of the season after knee op!!

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:01
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    Heard on Sky sports last night that Jackson is heading to Bournemouth?!

    Even we must have more money than them?!

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    • July 4, 2013 at 15:26
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      @robprout: cant believe the lack of knowledge on this site. Bournemouth are one of the richest clubs in our league! They are partly owned by Russians and will probably finish a lot higher than us this season.

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:01
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    I'm not sure about chaplow, what is he like?

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:07
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    Is this really a possibility? So he's agent has definitely contacted Millwall about coming back? I.E "agent has opened the door for the midfielder to make a return to Millwall this summer". I don't think so. He was reported to of said that it would be unlikely for him to return to Millwall...... And its been widely muted that he would prefer a return to Barnsley or somewhere up north.

    Although I would prefer Chaplow, I would concentrate on nailing Bailey as he is a more realistic target...

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:11
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    This is what is said about Mehdi Abied on the Newcastle blog site

    "Mehdi has just finished a loan spell at St. Johnstone, where he impressed in playing 13 games for the Scottish Premier League side.
    The St. Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is expected to leave this summer, but he could still end up signing a contract up in Scotland with St. Johnstone.
    We had high hopes of the French youngster – who has also represented the Algerian U23 side – but it’s not going to happen for him – at least not at Newcastle."

    He is still only 21 and capped for France at u16/u17/u18 levels scoring 3 goals. Also capped for Algeria.

    So SL knows him and may be interested in bringing him to the club as someone to bring on?

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  • July 4, 2013 at 15:53
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    Don't stand a chance of getting chaplow or bailey

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  • July 4, 2013 at 17:58
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    Chaplow & bailey next, this is getting a bit more like it.

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