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Millwall hoping to sign a striker before Blackpool clash

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MILLWALL are hoping to sign a striker before Saturday's clash with Blackpool.

As the Southwark News went to press yesterday, talks were being held with Watford's Mathias Ranegie.

The Hornets have agreed to allow Ranegie to move to The Den on loan until January, though the former Sweden international is also considering an offer from a Turkish club.

Ranegie was discussing a move to Millwall with manager Ian Holloway yesterday lunchtime.

Holloway refused to be drawn on the prospect of Ranegie's arrival but confirmed he was eager to strengthen his forward options before the transfer window closes on Monday.

He said: "Last season, Steve Morison could beat a full back in the air nine times out of ten and we had Stefan Maierhofer, who could win a header against anybody.

"That really helped us but we haven't got that at the minute.

"Ricardo Fuller is a different type – he battles and he fights, but he can also get hold of it and do things like he did against Fulham, when he created our goal. I could do with an aerial threat.

"We let in a goal from a corner against Southampton and against Rotherham we didn't win enough 50-50s in the air.

"The plan was to get Fuller and Bobby Zamora in, but Zamora decided to stay at QPR so since then I’ve been trying to add a striker."

Holloway, who remains interested in Huddersfield Town’s Sean Scannell, added: "We also need another attacking option out wide.

"The transfer window is only closed for one week so I’m very relaxed because there will be loan options. I just want an extra bit of quality here and there.

"I think we need to do something before the window closes.

"I've been spoilt with attacking options at my previous clubs – at Blackpool I had Lomana LuaLua, Matt Phillips, Tom Ince, Kevin Phillips and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

"I've ended up with some frighteningly good players.

"I need to add the right sort of person to the group and that’s not going to be easy because there are limits on what we can spend.

"I know that the chairman would increase my budget but we have to comply with Financial Fair Play."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Millwall hoping to sign a striker before Blackpool clash

  • August 28, 2014 at 09:20
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    We shouldnt be leaving it this late to get a striker we have needed for ages in. Why couldnt we have tried for this player or others earlier so they can get a chance to get to know the club and fellow players? Hopefully we can get someone in ASAP, though if we have to resort to loans i suppose could help till January.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:48
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      I would take Morrison back in a heartbeat now, watching the game Tuesday I think he'd of done a lot of damage to them, I know he's a miserable f**ker but he could do a job for us, especially with the amount of chances we're creating, I think he'd score a few, surely Leeds would give him away with the amount of strikers they have, I would rather a proven goal scorer like him than this bloke!

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      • August 28, 2014 at 10:18
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        @coldblowlane87: Morison had his chance last season and was not motivated enough to take it. He's happy taking big money in the leeds reserves

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:20
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    That Watford striker sounds s***. Sorry to put a downer on it.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 10:53
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      @conor: probably cos he his s***

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:31
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    Sorry but the Watford geezer hardly sounds like the goalscorer we need .
    Just saying.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:36
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      @Longfield Lion: I think we would be better off trying to get the Hoff back. At least he can cause defenders a lot of problems, they have it too easy with us at the moment. I think Gregory would love to play off someone like the Hoff.

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      • August 28, 2014 at 10:02
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        @Sealion: so so true, what is this bloke doing with his life?? Someone go n find him n give him a slap, S***, how did the wheels fall off there or was it that he,s just too much hard work to deal with?, go have a chat with him it can't hurt and he could do some serious damage in the right frame of mind.

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      • August 28, 2014 at 13:45
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        @Sealion: I think Gregory would be happy to play with anyone at the moment, IH start him ffs.

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      • August 28, 2014 at 16:27
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        @Sealion: i think Gregory would just like to play

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:36
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    James Hanson of Bradford for me, scored against weeds last night as well !

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:38
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      @dpendet: he would cost money and we don't spend cash , we just sign other clubs cast offs and hope for the best .

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      • August 28, 2014 at 09:42
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        @southstandview: You are spot on.We see this sort of deal again and again.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:47
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      @dpendet: Totally agree dpendet he is my choice as you say scored against weeds and I believe only 24. Proven scorer.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:58
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      @dpendet: Think Hansen is out of our price range - Bradford will want big money for him - would much prefer we sign him over this Ranegie fella though!

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:36
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    Same not really excited by this guy, for me I'd go for someone like joe garner bid £500k test Preston

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:40
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    Looking at his record he just seems like another 30 year old journeyman - but he`s cheap.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 09:51
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      @Longfield Lion: We do love a 30 yr old journeyman down here don't we.

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      • August 28, 2014 at 09:53
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        @Sealion: We just cannot get enough of them. lol

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:50
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    His wiki page says "Ranégie is most often played as a second striker. He is known for his strength and ability to head the ball. Ranegie is also capable to hold up the ball when his team is attacking to allow other attackers to score." Holloway has said all summer this is the type of player he wants, his scoring record is pretty good so I reckon we should give him a chance.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 09:52
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    Torres it is then.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 10:01
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    Here you guys go this all I know about this chap
    http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=59003

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  • August 28, 2014 at 10:25
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    I have just seen that Brighton have signed Sam Baldock from Bristol City.
    Why can`t we try and sign a goalscorer ?

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  • August 28, 2014 at 10:51
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    This is confirmation we will do f☆☆k all this year.Whenever a chance of success is within grasping distance the board shies away and we end up talking about what might have been,this has always been the millwall way.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 10:54
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    Millwall, not comply with the Financial Fair Play Rules? Don't make me laugh.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 11:26
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    You have to trust IH and JB......
    IH to get the players in and JB to run the finances
    When FFP begins with a vengeance in January 2015 transfer window, there will be plenty of clubs in this division who will have to unload players / not be able to sign new players.

    Ih has not done too badly with the players that he has brought in, cant see many people complaining about Williams, Upson, Edwards....although there were a few raised eyebrows when they signed..

    Really have to look at the longer term picture.

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    • August 28, 2014 at 14:34
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      @eio: Should be able to pick up a lorry load of strikers then mate.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 11:48
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    There's so many more better on free transfers like young prem players so have a look there not players who can't get in there team

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  • August 28, 2014 at 12:36
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    We will defo end up with zamora! IH already said he wants him & once the 25 man squads r announced for premiership we will get him on loan! But he aint the goalscorer we desperately need..wouldn't mind scannell out wide either decent player

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    • August 28, 2014 at 12:59
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      @LionforLife: true he alluded to this a month ago.but recently QPR have released several players

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  • August 28, 2014 at 13:04
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    He scored 4 goals in10 games for Watford last season. That equates to 18 goals a season if he was playing regularly so his record isn't too bad. His record in Sweden is quite good as well when he was in a team on a regular basis so if he played more football he might score more goals. We thought IH was mad when he brought in Edwards and the Hoff last year so let's give him a chance if he does sign rather than prejudge him.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 13:28
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    Don't worry guys, Ched Evans will be a free agent come October!!

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  • August 28, 2014 at 13:51
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    We wont sign anyone who costs over£500.000 so they aint going to be that good.

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  • August 28, 2014 at 16:14
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    Brighton get 26,000 every week that's why they can afford Baldock. We had 10,000 against Rotherham last week

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  • August 28, 2014 at 16:18
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    Brighton get 26,000 every week, we had 10,000 against Rotherham on Saturday. It doesn't take a lot of working out to realise why we can't compete for the better players

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  • August 28, 2014 at 16:21
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    The hoff, f*** off.

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    • August 29, 2014 at 08:36
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      @caravan1885
      say what you like about hof ,but our season turned around with him in the team,of the games i saw him play corner's and set pieces he alway's had 2 or 3 player's marking him leaving space for other player's.
      it aint all about personally scoring goal's,its about the team and i thought he did ok.
      then he did score two important goals against middlesboro if i am not mistaken.
      He had not played for nine months,but he was fitter than some of the excuses we had in our team/

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  • August 28, 2014 at 16:28
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    Err wake up call"..................

    People are banding around some names on here...Hanson from Bradford City......Nakhi wells went for 2.5 million...have we got that sort of money..err no ....Sam Baldock went to Brighton they get 25k crowds we get 10k ..they can afford him we can't.....when are people on here going to realise we ARE in our premiership now, we have one of the lowest gates in this division..although sound
    Like ten times more.....we cannot afford to spend millions on players we just don't have enough fans of this to happen...what really bugs me is we Loan players and when they do well we can't afford them !!!!! Woods and puncheon being the most recent examples..having courage of conviction IH and buy if you think that is what we need......

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    • August 28, 2014 at 16:36
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      @millwallphil: spot on mate , with our crowd figures we shop at lidl while Brighton shop at M&S .

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