MILLWALL took a step closer to signing free agent Nicky Bailey yesterday after making the midfielder a formal contract offer.
Bailey has been on the Lions' radar for almost a month but there is now resolve on both sides to get a deal done following weeks of tentative toing and froing.
The ex-Middlesbrough star visited the club's training ground last week to undergo some preliminary medical tests in a bid to prove his fitness to manager Steve Lomas.
Further face-to-face talks have been held this week and chief executive Andy Ambler has since begun negotiating personal terms with Bailey's agent.
Since leaving the Riverside Stadium at the end of last season, the 29-year-old has been doing pre-season training with former Jamaica international Jamie Lawrence at a recreation centre in Wandsworth.
Millwall have lined up Gary Dicker, released by Brighton at the end of last season, as a possible alternative generic lexapro good should talks with Bailey collapse.
Dicker was an integral part of the Seagulls side which won promotion to the Championship in 2012, and he made 20 appearances last season.
But the 26-year-old could soon be snapped up by rivals Blackpool, where he is currently training, meaning the Lions will have to move quickly to land their targets.
Lomas has made no secret of his desire to further strengthen his midfield ranks, despite the signing of Richard Chaplow, but says he has no interest in signing squad players.
He said: "There's almost no point bringing in back up, you need people to go and play 35-40 games a season.
"There's certainly no need to panic because if you bring in somebody for the sake of, you've got them for good. You don't want to want to look back and think you've wasted your money. The loan market is always there if we need it."