IAN Holloway has revealed how Millwall beat rival clubs to the signature of new signing Paris Cowan-Hall.
Cowan-Hall scored five times in his last six games for Wycombe and his impressive form in front of goal did not go unnoticed by League One and Championship clubs.
But the Lions moved quickly to line up the 24-year-old for a move to The Den and were able to tie him to a two-and-a-half year contract on Tuesday.
Holloway said: "We started working on this deal before he started scoring and we saw him earlier in the season when he played against us, so we know what we’re getting.
"We got ahead of the game which isn't easy to do. He has got all the attributes that I was looking for and he's hungry."
As part of the deal, Millwall youngster Fred Onyedinma will spend the rest of the season on loan at Wycombe.
"Fred needs experience and I am taking on a fella who's right for us, on the up and he's got some attributes that we badly need," Holloway added.
"Paris' only concern about coming here was leaving Wycombe, who have really improved and helped him.
"I know their manager Gareth Ainsworth from QPR and he's been brilliant about it.
"We have given them Fred for the rest of the season and he’s a slightly junior, ready-made replacement.
"They've also got some money for the kid which they wouldn't have done in a few months' time because his contract was expiring. We've benefitted and they've benefitted."