Millwall relaxed on transfers after target joins Birmingham

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IAN Holloway is prepared to play the waiting game for his attacking targets.

One potential acquisition – right winger David Cotterill – joined Birmingham City on Tuesday.

But Holloway is not fazed, and is set to explore loan options in the Premier League later in the summer.

He also intends to give the likes of Fred Onyedinma a chance to stake a claim for a starting berth during pre-season, which starts today.

"I liked Cotterill," Holloway confirmed. "I had a good chat with him and he was somebody that I was thinking of.

"But he had other choices and we have got other targets that some Premier League clubs might loan out eventually.

"That extra quality that we are looking for might be in the top division – it's just whether they'll loan them out.

"We tried it here before with somebody like Harry Kane and while I believe he'd be beyond us, there are quite a few other lads who could get extra experience with us."

Holloway added: "I've got an extensive list of possible loan targets so it would be silly of me to name names at the moment because there are lots of possibilities.

"Category One academies have got lots of young players in their midsts who aren't playing games.

"Someone like Ross Barkley has only just started playing recently for Everton but before that he was at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. So the idea would be to get somebody like that.

"There are lots of clubs and lots of players to talk to – and not just in this country.

"But first of all, I'm looking forward to seeing my own players for the next few weeks.

"I don't think I had enough of an opportunity last year to play too many of the young ones, coming into the club in the circumstances that I did.

"I gave Fred two games and I'm looking forward to giving him a lot more.

"The situation we were in wasn't conducive to letting a young lad pal through his mistakes, but rather than sign somebody like Cotterill I can see Fred having a chance.

"If he takes it, great, if not we'll see what we can do later on in the window."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Millwall relaxed on transfers after target joins Birmingham

  • June 26, 2014 at 11:09
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    I'm glad we didn't sign David Cotterill, although he has good experience at this level I think he is in the same mould as Woolford or Martin so would prefer someone with a bit more pace and maybe a bit younger as well!

    The squad is already taking shape, but just need 1 more winger and a big man up top and I'll be happy.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 11:37
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    100% agree with that. If we get utility man Hutchinson, the 1 right winger and 1 big physical presence striker is all we now need. Ideally the two names already mentioned a number of times - local bermondsey boy Jordan Ibe from Liverpool on loan and once Leicester have sorted out their attacking purchase options, get Chris Wood back (that's if he want to come back though).

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    • June 26, 2014 at 11:49
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      @Bexley_Lion: That's if WE want Chris Wood back, doesn't work the other way.

      Would be very good if we could get Jordan Ibe as he looks like another Raheem Stirling, a lot of pace and a bit of trickery!

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      • June 26, 2014 at 13:34
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        @Bradders.: Daniel Sturridge as quoted as saying Jordan Ibe will partner hin up front for England one day..so if england best striker is saying these things who am i to argue

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        • June 26, 2014 at 13:37
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          @Jim28: might be partnering him for Liverpool for a few months!

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        • June 27, 2014 at 08:57
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          @Jim28:
          Yeah, the defences in our World Cup group just could not handle him and his goals put up top of the group.

          Sorry do others watch a different game to me,? Like Beckham, Sturridge got found out at the top level.

          Anyhow let's have the kid if we can get him.

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