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Millwall boss scoffs at Murray talk but in market for striker

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IAN Holloway has ruled out a move for Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray – but admits he wants to sign a striker of a similar ilk.

The Lions boss has also poured cold water on hopes that Chris Wood could be brought back to the club from Leicester City.

Both players have been discussed feverishly by fans on social media.

But Holloway has admitted that he is in the market for a powerful forward who can "lead the line" in the Championship next season.

"Not in a million years would Murray be let go by Palace," Holloway said.

"That would be absolutely ridiculous. Wood would be just as unlikely because Leicester have just got promoted to the Premier League.

"We do need someone who can bring other people into our attacks and who can help clear a set piece in our own box.

"You've only got to look at our existing strikers to see that at the moment we'd struggle to win a header.

"It's all about balance. If you had three Peles in your team it wouldn't work, and if you had three Lionel Messis up front that might be nice but it wouldn't work either.

"We need to be versatile in the Championship and most teams are massive with a capital M.

"I need to be able to select certain elements at certain times throughout the season. Have I got the right ingredients?

"Right now, I don't think I have. I need two or three more players even with some of our academy players coming into the squad.

"The ones I'm hoping to bring in won't get in the way of these boys coming through, they will be in addition to them and perhaps a different type of player.

"We could do with a big number nine and a strong, ligthening-fast winger. I need someone to lead the line for us and we haven't got that at the moment."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

33 thoughts on “Millwall boss scoffs at Murray talk but in market for striker

  • July 3, 2014 at 09:42
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    How refreshing. Looks like we're all on the same page here.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 09:48
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    Not many of them big, number 9's about in our price bracket. He may not be everyone's cup of tea but Ismail Miller is available on a free, 27yrs old, 6ft 3, quick, good at leading the line. A little greedy, but I was quite impressed with him last year. 10 goals in 20 appearances whilst on loan at Yeovil.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 09:51
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    IH KNOWS WHAT HE WANT'S AND WHAT HE CAN REALISTICLY BRING TO THE CLUB.SO IM WITH IH ON THE WAY HE IS GOING ABOUT THE TRANSFER MARKET.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 15:20
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      @jim1222: dont want a lump like miller.didn't impress me or will he ever..a one dimential player.we're looking forward not backward with the like of murray(judas)..next people will say put shittu up front..plus all those (i was one) said Algarve was a waste of dosh was wrong..millwall got it at a 1,000per player.was a third then others are charged..my only gripe is that we should go back for the last week in july..my only worry is that the players have got a 3ull 6 weeks to do all the good work undone

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      • July 4, 2014 at 08:20
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        @Jim28: jim i have a funny feeling we are going to get a young loanee up front,i think if IH was going to buy a centre forward we would have signed one by now,also people may laugh at what im going to say now marqis why did IH give him a year's contract has IH got idea's for him that KJ never had,it might be that he does not want an out and out goal scorer,but someone who can hold the ball up and lay off for other,s to capitalise on,silly thought on my part but as i say if he was going to buy some one oup front we would have bought one by now ,also why that year contract for marquis perhaps IH can see things i dont,but what ever im going with ollie 100% all the way.COYL

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  • July 3, 2014 at 09:54
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    "We could do with a big number nine and a strong, ligthening-fast winger. I need someone to lead the line for us and we haven't got that at the moment." - Olly must be an avid reader of newsatden, how refreshing we all seeing teams needs in the same light.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 10:03
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    I think Morison could do a good job but only if he can find the form he had with us first time around

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    • July 3, 2014 at 10:40
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      @lionheart: Morrison cannot play as a big centre forward he wins nothing in the air in that position. Even Holloway saw that that's why he dropped him at the end of last season

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    • July 3, 2014 at 17:03
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      @lionheart: No, he had his chance last year and I thought his attitude sucked.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 10:36
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    Honestly wouldn't want him anyway,last time we played palace he s*** himself everytime shittu was near him,need someone with balls!

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  • July 3, 2014 at 10:38
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    I'LL SETTLE FOR 3 MESSI'S IAN !

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  • July 3, 2014 at 10:40
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    Agree about Morison. Still think he adds something to our team with the way he plays, getting down the sides of the defenders and out wide, causes problems. The fact he has snapped a few times in retaliation to the crowd abuse doesn't bother me. Some players can ignore it, some let it ruin them and some snap now and again. My way of looking at it is if he is snapping at the end of games when people are shouting abuse in his face he must be peed off with the way the game has gone, so the result must matter to him. I'd ather have a player who is annoyed when we lose than a player who don't give a t*** like Keogh.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 14:49
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      @wonky thicklips:i agree with what you say about morrison playing on the right, I thought he played his best games when he played that position last season,but i cant see him at the den this season.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 11:17
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    Ishmael Miller is a good shout, he done well for Yeovil in a short amount time. But I do recall him walking out on Yeovil after a dispute with their manager.

    As for Morison I wouldn't want him back, he had his chance. If anything try and get Darius Henderson back

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    • July 3, 2014 at 11:31
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      @Dazi: No, sorry, not sick-note Henderson! He only plays when he want's to hence Forest getting rid of him.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 12:10
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      @Dazi: Gary Johnson is a turnip! Miller is a quality player and no player would argue with Holloway!!

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    • July 3, 2014 at 13:24
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      @Dazi: I agree Ishmael Miller has the strength and power to do a good job for the club up front, With the sort of squad being built he may be the answer to our striker problem

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      • July 3, 2014 at 14:07
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        @Peckhamlad: Just read on twitter that Us, Watford and a few others are in for I. Miller. Not sure how true it is but you never know.....

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  • July 3, 2014 at 14:24
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    Is it me, or is there more adverts on these pages now than footbal information ?

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    • July 3, 2014 at 22:20
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      @MFC Lion: That is true. But I am very aware that more ads is not ideal for our readers, so if we can take some down we will. It costs quite a bit to run the site though. We might introduce an optional premium membership for a small cost, and if enough sign up then we can be more flexible with ads.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 14:55
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    @Aldo.:if you look at how many adverts there are.Then look at the down turn in posts. Fans are finding it hard to get into comments..dont bother to reply cos i wont be able to read it..send email if you want

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    • July 3, 2014 at 14:58
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      @Jim28:

      I don't see any ads once I scroll down to comments...

      Also - down turn in posts is surely due to the fact the season hasn't even started yet?

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  • July 3, 2014 at 16:08
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    Lets break the bank JB and get in a quality striker IOWT

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  • July 3, 2014 at 16:35
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    Please let's look at the players we have. Hoyte and Chaplow come back fit. So cover in defence and midfield. Fred great talent use him wide must be given a regular chance. So what do we need height upfront for free kicks and corners. I thought that Marquis was but no willing not got it. Can't wait for Leeds

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  • July 3, 2014 at 16:55
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    Jamie Ward of Derby is a quality winger/forward, might be worth a punt?

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  • July 3, 2014 at 17:23
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    Murray would be a fine addition, but remember he turned us down once before. Get a younger lad, maybe from abroad.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 18:34
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    No way would I want miller here, he is an absolute p**** with a shocking attiditude. He won't get on with the fans at all,, isn't our type of player. Will be exactly the same as grabban.

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  • July 3, 2014 at 21:06
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    I`m surprised no one has said anything about andre gray who Brentford have just signed, A player spoken about all last season on this site. Brentford have also signed that player from the O`s who`s name escapes me but was also talked about on this site, & they had to break there club record to get him. Looks like we missed out again!

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    • July 4, 2014 at 04:32
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      @Millwall_Jim:

      What fans talk about, and the truth are very different things.

      Andre Gray is a player the club have been scouting (in part) for three whole seasons, and the consensus opinion has always been "nope, not for us, thanks" if neither Holloway, Jackett or Harford were really that interested, then I don't think you can say that we "missed out" on him, given the speed with which we moved for Gregory and Morison for example. We did our due diligence there and decided against Andre Gray.
      In contrast Nahki Wells is someone we were interested in actually making a bid for, but "missed out" on as the player himself made it clear he wanted to stay up north.

      Moses Odubajo is the other one you are thinking of... started out at Millwall as a kid.
      Good player, with several worrying personality traits...
      Twice quit football entirely due to mental pressure, 20 years old.
      2013 had half a decent season, agent and player tried to force a move to get better contract, got paid and form nose dived.
      2014 despite having just signed 2 year deal, spent entire season trying to engineer a transfer.
      Played exceptionally well on tv, but didn't show up time and again against lesser teams.
      Described variously as very talented, very selfish, inconsistent, petulant and a defensive liability.

      Not worth anywhere near the £1million plus add-ons Brentford paid. Which is why not a single Prem or Champ side made a offer (only league one promotee's).

      We didn't "Miss Out" on Moses or Andy Gray, just not the players we needed or wanted.

      Just to compare, older, more experienced players the likes of Jobi McAnuff (on a free),or Jimmy Kebe (on loan) are available for much less and are more talented and consistent players. (Just two examples of scores of similar players out there.)

      Odubajo is a very similar talent level/consistency to someone like Ryan Fredericks or Adam Smith, and there are scores of that type in the prem youth teams available for next to nothing,
      Spurs have four or five themselves.

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      • July 6, 2014 at 21:42
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        @Garrick:
        Well nobody can deny Kobi is experienced what with his being yet another 33 year old not seen as good enough by his current club. We've had a fair few of those recently and just about all of them, other than Edwards, have been crocked wage thieves.

        Kebe to be fair is a mere 30 and played all of 15 games last year but wasn't really good enough for the Sainsbury Annex or indeed weeds where he was about as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip due to, yep, his inconsistency!

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  • July 4, 2014 at 00:37
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    @tomahawk.:thats cos you cant see the pic's dont mean there not there..seen them by trying to get the site by other means..plus my phone is not a smart phone..so i will need a bigger data booster

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    • July 4, 2014 at 12:36
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      @Jim28:

      fair. good that Aldo said he's looking at taking some ads down then 🙂

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