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Millwall eye McDonald as Robins play hardball on Davies

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MILLWALL could pull the plug on a deal to sign Bristol City striker Steve Davies if talks over a transfer fee do not progress soon.

It is understood the Lions have now had several verbal offers for the 25-year-old knocked back by the League One side, who are holding out for around £500,000.

The Robins have been enquiring about possible replacements for Davies, indicating that they may be convinced to sell him, but so far they have been unwilling to compromise on a fee.

If the Robins refuse to budge, Steve Lomas could switch his focus to Leicester City's Martyn Waghorn or Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald.

Waghorn, who NewsAtDen revealed as a target last week, is on the fringes at the Foxes.

But the Midlands club have been preoccupied with a deal to offload Jermaine Beckford to Bolton and Millwall have found it difficult to engage them in serious negotiations.

In contrast, Boro are eager to offload McDonald, who is reported to be earning a staggering £30,000-a-week on Teesside. He has a year left on his contract and preliminary discussions about a severance package have taken place.

If McDonald is paid off by Middlesbrough, the Australian could be prepared to more than halve his wage demands – which would put him within Lomas' reach.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Millwall eye McDonald as Robins play hardball on Davies

  • July 18, 2013 at 08:13
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    Does anyone know if he's any good?

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      • July 18, 2013 at 08:58
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        @Strood Lion: slight miss-representation, he scored 14 in 32 last season and 11 in 33 the season before, would be a good signing for us to partner Morro,

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:18
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    Don't think Davies, waghorn or macdonald are that great but certainly strengthen what we have, just wouldn't be breaking the bank for any of them.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:21
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    Waghorn would be my choice from those three largely because of potential future value and wage demands.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:32
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    Got to be Davies or Waghorn. As above, Waghorn for me as of potential and future value. Plus he's never really been given a proper run in a team. 30K for someone who has scored 42 in 124 games and is about to turn 30? No wonder Boro would be happy to get shot!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:35
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    Do we really wanna be paying MacDonald15k a week ?... Think not. Waghorn would be my preference. What's happened to the lad from st Johnston ? Any news ?

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  • July 18, 2013 at 08:59
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    Would rather have Davies or Waghorn, but MacDonald is a proven striker at the top level, so he would also be a good addition.
    I really can't believe who we are signing this summer. I can't remember us ever getting in this kind of quality before. With a fair wind we could be challenging this season. Just hope it gels.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 09:47
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      @junkmale: Like you I would be happier with Davies or Waghorn for the reasons previously mentioned. I would be reluctant to pay MacDonald 15,000 when it wasn't so long ago we got rid of Henderson who was on a similar amount to cut the wage bill. I would be happier if he was a little younger as that would be a better investment, but if there are no better options or cheaper but similar quality then I would be happy with Mac. In Steve I believe.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 09:19
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    Sweet

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  • July 18, 2013 at 09:46
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    Davies is decent. Could do well along side Morrison.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:02
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    all i know is that when he came on as a sub when we were playing borough away last season, the players and myself both s*** ourselves! he looked like there only decent player that day, i reckon hes got some quality we could use

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:10
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    Has to be Davies for me. Only 25 yrs old with 13 goals last season in a relegated side. Waghorn only has a 1 in 6 scoring ratio and Mcdonald is nearly 30 and wages would be a big problem even at half of what he has been getting. Although a better than 1 in 3 career record is hard to ignore.
    COYL

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    • July 18, 2013 at 10:41
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      @WestKentLion: I agree with Davies, but it is worth noting that out of Waghorn's 125 appearances, 64 have been as a sub so it's hard to judge him on that really.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:18
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    Macdonald - no thanks.

    Davies all day long - anyone that scores the goal he did for a relegated team is worth a punt

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:43
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    I would be happy with any of these strikers we've been linked with. If we get bailey and one other striker I'd be very happy with the business we've done in the window..

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:46
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    I can't belive we have a few choices of getting a striker!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 10:57
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    Aaron McLean is another one been mentioned!?

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    • July 18, 2013 at 12:07
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      @mfc31: if i remember he turned us down when KJ looked at him

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      • July 18, 2013 at 12:19
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        @Strood Lion: He didn't turn us down, it was Hull who didn't want to let him go to a promotion rival as at the time we was in the play-offs and Hull were 2nd or 3rd.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 12:29
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    Martyn Waghorn or Scott McDonald would both be good additions to the squad. We have to keep realistic that we are not going to attract much better.
    Its also worth remembering that Morrison is only on a years loan so should he do well it could either price us out of a permanent move or make Leeds want him back so next years prioirty could be replacing Morrow so lets get the rest of the forward line sorted this season.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 12:37
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    The fact McDonald's on £30,000 a week at Middlesbrough if further evidence (as if any were needed) of why football's heading to hell in a handcart. It's not all that long ago Boro were locked out of their own training ground and on the brink of oblivion - but clearly they didn't learn anything from that dice with death and thought it perfectly sound business sense to hand McDonald well over £1.5million a year.
    Still, their stupidity could be our gain!!! Bywater, Morison, Martin, Chaplow, Bailey, Shorey, McDonald/Davies and a couple more loan signings and suddenly we'll have a squad that looks capable of competing in the Championship
    Outstanding work SL and JB!!!!

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  • July 18, 2013 at 13:16
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    Comparing Davies, Waghorn and McDonald is very difficult. Davies is 25 and scored 12 league goals in a relegated team last season but he is 6ft 1inch tall and very much a target man like Morison. Also his time at Derby was far less impressive where he had 6 operations in 3 years for different injuries and played in less than half their matches. Waghorn is 23 and has scored 3 goals in 23 games for Leicester. Could be one for the future but there is no guarantee that his goal ratio would improve. McDonald is nearly 30 but his goal scoring has improved with age. 37 league goals in 103 matches for the last 3 seasons averages nearly 17 for a 46 game season. He was also prolific for Celtic (51 in 88) and Motherwell (42 in 108) in the SPL before that. There is no doubt that of the three he is potentially the highest goal scorer. Also think he is more likely to benefit from Morison's knock downs and flick ons. These 2 as starters with Keogh and Easter on the bench. It's a matter of deciding if like Henderson it is worth paying the sort of wage he would want for a player of his age.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 13:26
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      @denslions: completely agree with you, MacDonald would be a quality signing and could really help us push towards the play-offs, if that's our aim or do we go with Waghorn who has pace and has potential.

      Steve Davies is a very good player, like a Henderson, not quick but intelligent player who can knock the ball on.... to be fair when Harris and Morison played up front we never had any pace but they played very well together and we have Easter on the bench who has a bit of speed.

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  • July 18, 2013 at 21:22
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    Boro boss Tony Mowbray talking about Scott McDonald in local newspaper article: "The next few weeks will dictate that whether he goes. Salaries from a different era is a fair assessment of it really. Scott understands that, we understand that. To move forward as we would like, we could probably use Scott's money in different ways. While he is here, I have to commend him because he has worked very hard."
    It was a similar situation facing McDonald last summer, when Middlesbrough hoped to have struck a deal that would have seen the forward depart.
    So when the Championship campaign started, the 29-year-old never appeared in a Boro shirt until the beginning of October when he was recalled at Watford, scoring in a 2-1 win.
    McDonald has already been heavily involved in pre-season training this time around and Mowbray is likely to have learned lessons from 12 months ago.
    If McDonald is with the club on August 3, the Boro boss thinks the most prolific Middlesbrough striker of the last three years combined will still be doing everything he can to help the team's cause.
    "At the start of last season, even with decisions I made, he got his head down, scored goals and worked extremely hard,"
    "Nothing has really changed, we still find ourselves in the same situation with Scott as I have found for the last couple of years."
    "It's not Scott's fault. He came here, signed a contract and he is honouring it. He trains hard, wants to play, and we will see what the next few weeks bring. He will give everything for the team."

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