Millwall enter the race to sign Dutch striker Kevin van Veen

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MILLWALL have entered the race to sign Dutch striker Kevin van Veen from Dutch second division side FC Oss.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 16 goals in 20 appearances this season, had looked set to join Scunthorpe United but the Lions have now joined the chase.

van Veen left the Netherlands for England this afternoon with the intention of discussing terms at Glanford Park but he'll now have options to consider.

Championship rivals Rotherham United are also understood be weighing up a bid.

Millwall's chief scout Mick Harford saw the forward score a hat-trick against Almere City FC last Friday but it initially seemed that the Lions would not be following up their interest.

But Ian Holloway is now looking to bring in van Veen before Monday's transfer deadline. To do so, he will have to match Scunthorpe's bid of around £250,000.

van Veen was prolific last season too, hitting 20 goals in 29 appearances for third-tier outfit JVC Cuijk.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

97 thoughts on “Millwall enter the race to sign Dutch striker Kevin van Veen

  • January 29, 2015 at 16:51
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    This could be a great swoop which we are not used to seeing at the den. Normally players swooped from under our noses and lost. But this looks like a cracking signiture to get. Fingers crossed and hope Jos can have an influence on his decision.

    COYL!!!!

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    • February 1, 2015 at 02:09
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      Well now he seems to have gone to the far more attractive Scunthorpe who are we looking at now? NOLU

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    • February 1, 2015 at 02:12
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      What happens now seeing as it looks as if he's gone to Scunthorpe? Who else are we looking at? NOLU

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  • January 29, 2015 at 16:51
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    the two last goals on that video were naughty! hope we get this bloke, could be prolific!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 16:53
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    Are we supposed to be signing Nicky Maynard as well

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  • January 29, 2015 at 16:54
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    The Dutch are, in the main, quite an intelligent bunch.
    This fella has 3 choices of where to live: Scunthorpe, Rotherham, London.
    Surely a no-brainer?

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    • January 29, 2015 at 19:47
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      @mervpayne: so with our reputation he's off up to the scummy north then !!!!!! C O Y L !!!!!!!

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    • January 29, 2015 at 21:12
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      @mervpayne: well if he don't wash,and is a status quo fan then it's Scunthorpe,,

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      • January 29, 2015 at 21:19
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        @bringbackjewshill: have you seen some of the tricky bottoms fat b******* down the Den lately, we have our fair share of unwashed peasants I can assure you. Plus you can by a 3 bed d'état he'd for the price of a one bed roomed flat in London.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 16:59
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    The geezer looks quality. Watching those goals surely it would be a no brainer to guzzump them all to get him in

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:04
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    Come on millwall sign him up, please don't **** it up!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:04
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    No-one can write a player off before he plays. I remember cursing KJ when we braught in Shaune Batt but he turned out to be a key player before his injury. The players Holloway have recently braught in have impressed so i am trusting his judgement from now on

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:10
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    You think him and Gregory could make a very attractive upfront next season if we stay up

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:10
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    If we get him he will have the honour of following in the footsteps of other great Dutch strikers such as Bob Peeters and Berry Powel... Oh wait! Do get him though, we need some potency up front!

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    • January 29, 2015 at 19:03
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      @wise19: Wasn't Etienne Verveer Dutch. Mind you we've got more chance of signing Lorry Van Driver or Hertz Van Rental than this kid. Would love to see him celebrating his goals in front of the CBL

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    • January 29, 2015 at 20:15
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      @wise19: Bob is Flemish, a Belgian. And very lazy (at least when he was with us)

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      • January 30, 2015 at 08:47
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        A bottle of Covonia should sort that out.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:11
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    Well if we do manage to get him I hope we show this DVD to our lot with the instruction " that's the kind of service he has to have" . I remember watching a DVD of GREGORY when we were in for him, he was doing all that on it, but since he came here he's playing with his back to goal, out wide,down the channels, feeding on scraps and s*** service. Maybe we need to bring some of his mates with him.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:14
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    Should definitely beat Rotherham and Scunthorpe in the race to sign him on location alone. Never heard of the bloke but looks good in the video, only thing is its difficult to trust 'highlights' as they will only show the very best of a player. We need consistency too

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:17
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    Just what we need, young, hungry to prove himself and knows where the goal is, come on JB splash the cash you'll get him for 300k, could be a snip at that price

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:22
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    Get fellow Dutchman hoover to have a word with him.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:29
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    Yes the glass is half empty bring on the dislikes no chance will we sign someone who can score from outside the box

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:32
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    I'd rather live in London than Scunthorpe or Rotherham.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:39
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    This is a gamble like it was when we signed Gregory. He may or may not turn out to be what we need but certainly nothing to be too getting excited about. I just hope it isn't a panic buy with just a couple of days of the window left?

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:43
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    Exactly the sort of player we need. Get your cash out JB. No brainer, can only improve. Natural finishers are rare to come by.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:45
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    Dutch third division? Fisher might win it .

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    • January 29, 2015 at 17:52
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      @keamers: Like Charlie Austin when Swindon signed him 5 years ago or a certain Neil Harris when we signed him?

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:49
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    He might be match fit by the time we've been relegated

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  • January 29, 2015 at 17:54
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    it's great all of our rivals are getting players on loan from the premier league or buying established championship strikers and we go bargain bucket again for a dutch 2nd divison semi pro striker, we are the Aldi of the championship.

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    • January 29, 2015 at 18:21
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      @golden lion:
      Aldi are doing quite well at the moment.
      They are taking a big fat slice of Tesco's market.
      I was at the Den Tuesday night and Fabrinni and the Hoo are not bargain bucket players.

      You sound like Frasier from Dads Army
      We're Doomed!

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      • January 29, 2015 at 18:58
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        @MillwallGra: No, Fabrini and 'Hoo' are not bargain bucket players and that's why they are not ours. They have been brought in to keep us up because we are in deep, deep trouble, what happens when they are gone? The cycle repeats and in 2016 we are all on here arguing with each other about a Manager who has achieved nothing for us. I didn't want Holloway, still don't, but accept that he's going nowhere and therefore back him 100% to keep us up. If he has to sign another 10 loan players to do that so be it, but it's hardly a 'vision for the club' to move forward like he keeps spouting on about.

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        • January 29, 2015 at 19:47
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          @lion.ie:

          Let's hope that we can convert some of the loans into transfers and the end of the season.
          IH had to do something to stop the rot.
          I honestly thought that the squad that finished the season could carry through their consistency.
          Unfortunately it didn't happen so IH and JB had bring forward their plans.
          Staying in the championship is achieving something.
          Getting rid of the underperforming over paid players is achieving something.
          Bringing on the the youngsters is achieving something.
          Rome wasn't built in a day and I'm a glass half full person rather vthan half empty.
          I applauded the 10 man second half performance from upstairs of the Cold Blow on Tuesday night.
          I'm backing IH and the Chairman to turn this around and push on up the table

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          • January 29, 2015 at 22:57
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            @MillwallGra: 'Staying in the championship is achieving something'. - the minimum that was expected, people forget it was him who took us to the bottom, not Lomas.
            'Getting rid of the underperforming over paid players is achieving something' - no, that's called being a manager
            'Bringing on the the youngsters is achieving something' - Sid Nelson, who doesn't look good enough yet, who else?
            In my view, his one achievement is signing Williams, who looks quality.
            I hope he keeps us up and then I hope he walks.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:16
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    After the Ipswich match I wrote:-

    'Sat with half a dozen Dutch Ajax fans at yesterday's match. We got talking, they had a weekend in London wanted to watch a 'proper' football match. It was very interesting, the comments were:- great atmosphere especially after our goal and the second half, and all through the second even when the third went in, we are nice fans and nothing like our reputation, the guy's I sit with explaining who was who, why Fuller got a jeer when he came on etc. Could not believe how much our players were being paid for the quality, the only player on both sides they said that would hold a candle in there league regarding the way they play was Fabbrini. They also said how many Dutch players we had have could not think of any, the answer is two, as there are many that came from the Ajax system sitting on their bums and would love to play in this league for this crowd. They went away with my Millwall scarf and we have six more supporters'.

    So if we get this guy along with Hooiveld it can be no coincidence and must be regarded as my new mates having a word when they got back. If the two lads keep us up it is therefore all down to me and I shall expect a beer from all of you and a new scarf from Ollie!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 10:01
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      @lennie the lion: I'll buy you a new scarf if we stay up Lennie.
      Good read, bet they still support Ajax though :-)

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:17
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    dont f*** this up, lock him in a room until he signs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:26
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    Looks good. Hard to judge, but looks like he could adapt to a higher level

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:30
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    Think we might lose out on this one
    Scunny have just terminated Deon Burton's contract, obviously to free up van veel's wages.
    If he is good enough now then why not last Friday? Has someone else turned us down or was he seen as another Gregory, same price tag same standard and same risk, can we afford 2 of em in the same team personally I'm not too sure. Gregs might come good yet, probably next season, big step up from non league and most do take half a season to find their feet which is my concern of signing another non league player especially in January. How long before he gains ollie's idea of "match fitness" and like PCH, will probably pick up a training ground injury.
    If that's where our ambition lies then so be it.
    On the positive side he's stepped up a level in each of the past 2 seasons and is very consistent has a good finish is at a good age so will have good sell on value and fits our limited budgets.
    competing against the likes of Scunny donny and Rotherham shouldn't be a tall order for us. Let's see what happens.
    Good luck on this one ollie.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:47
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    Looks promising, but I´d prefer the post AFTER he has signed and not getting worked up about it beforehand!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:49
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    This is exactly what we need, new blood, new broom sweeping all the dead wood away! Quality players in competition for places, can only be positive! Surely we can see off Rotherham?
    Open the Coffers! COYL

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  • January 29, 2015 at 18:51
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    As stated on other posts - he sounds like another Gregory - hardly the required solution.
    Marquis looked good on his videos with 2 goals for Gillingham - and he is absolute rubbish
    We need some proven quality - not just another punt

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    • January 30, 2015 at 00:18
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      @Adsy77777: @crow191049:You Cant compare him to Marquis, yes he got 2 for gillingham but this guy has been scoring consistently

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:02
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    Gregory is a clever forward. He dont score many because he survives on scraps. His touch to Maggie for the goal against Ipswich was top notch. but we arent playing to gregorys strengths. We need to get him better service. He gets 1 shot a bloody game. Works hard too. He' perfectly capable in my mind - if we get the ball in front of him.
    Happy to give Van Veen a go. If he has an eye for goal he'll score. Providing we play to his (and Gregs) strengths. Partly why I'm glad Mac has gone. Slowed our play down with balls to feet too often and wanted the return.. just knock it on and feed the forwards. We make a simple game too complicated sometimes!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:04
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    He might be what we need but don't get too excited, we won't get him!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:09
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    He looks more than handy, that last goal was class!! 250k is nothing compared to sort of money other clubs in this league have paid, has to be worth a punt...? Come on lads, get him signed up!!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:10
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    If a deal for this fella comes off I'll be very surprised. Our scouting network has been pants for a very very long time. We either don't offer enough or are too slow and someone's already got in before we have. I mean Rotherham and Scunthorpe - FFS! Ollie get Jos in there to close the deal.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:17
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    He look's good but his from the Dutch second division, he may need time. We need someone who will hit the floor running. Let hope his not a Ricky van Wolfswinkel who looked the part but didn't solve Norwich's problem.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:23
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    One thing is for sure, his technical ability is not in question. Certainly worth a punt if other Championship clubs are also in the hunt. Some one needs to buy him a map of the UK and show him where Rotherham/Scunthorpe are and then show him London......he'll sign in his own blood!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:37
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    Just watched more of this fella on youtube. Definitely a goal scorer - with his head, both feet, in the box, from distance - he's got the lot. Some clever finishes too, tells me he is a natural goal scorer. Hope we get him!
    I'm so excited I may vomit.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:43
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    Hahaha it's the first time I've heard u lot agree.
    He must be good. Miillllllll.
    Aid we do get him and he turns out to be s***, u lot should be sacked lmfao

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:49
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    If we cannot match Scunthorpe's bid of around £250,000 then it's a sad state of affairs. Hopefully we can because this is the kind of players we need, young, hungry and wanting to prove themselves in this league.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 19:55
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    Just sent Van Veen a tweet... he better not mug me off now.
    Some on Twitter saying reports out of south london about our interest in him are incorrect.

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  • January 29, 2015 at 20:40
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    http://www.football-oranje.com/millwall-looking-trump-scunthorpe-van-veen-deal/

    baku want him as well

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  • January 29, 2015 at 20:52
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    We have to sign him. Still young, decent scoring record and very possibly our last gamble at staying up this year. £250k is nothing, considering it cost us £500k to get rid of some deadwood.

    Only concern is that he was talking to Scunthorpe...

    The other thing that made me laugh was that Harford watched him score a hat-trick and then said he didn't intend to follow up any interest. Errr what, was it just the 4 or 5 goals a game your looking for Mick???

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  • January 29, 2015 at 21:35
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    Whilst I completely agree a few of those goals were very special, the competition in that league isn't great. Probably the same as league 2 equivalent. No pressure on the players, so much space, like watching millwall. But, must be better than an old aged wage thief!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 21:47
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    Newsnow reckon woolford going to leeds, the yorkshire folk seem less than impressed !!

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  • January 29, 2015 at 21:55
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    I thought he was s**t.
    The cameraman that is not the player.
    looks very decent means only one thing he's gonna sign for someone else.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 01:08
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    I think this would be a good bit of business. If he is semi pro scoring goals of that quality then I would love to see what he could do as a full time in the english league. Yes he may have been playing in the lower leagues in Holland but he is young and at 250k in this league, a worthy risk! With the service from the likes of williams, fabrini and Pch he could score bucket loads. I would take a goalscoring (regardless of what level) purchase over a desperate loan signing any day of the week! COYL!!

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    • January 30, 2015 at 07:13
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      @Squire86:

      Missed out in him, we are that low in the pecking order now that he chose Scunthorpe. So much for Holloways negotiation skills and pulling power as a manager!
      Fancy choosing Scunthorpe! Scunthorpe over us! Ffs

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        • January 30, 2015 at 09:56
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          @johnsmith1985:

          On a Dutch website http://www.bd.nl/algemeen/sport/kevin-van-veen-tekent-3-5-jarig-contract-bij-scunthorpe-united-1.4739004

          signed on a 3 1/2 yr contract, subject to a medical

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  • January 30, 2015 at 07:14
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    @Squire86:

    Missed out in him, we are that low in the pecking order now that he chose Scunthorpe. So much for Holloways negotiation skills and pulling power as a manager!
    Fancy choosing Scunthorpe! Scunthorpe over us! Ffs

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    • January 30, 2015 at 07:44
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      @JJofCBL: if that's the case then Harford should be sacked with immediate affect.
      What do you expect when you see a player score a hat trick and reckon he's no good. The reason he went to watch him in the girst place was because he's been consistently banging em in. p*** poor on all fronts if true.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 09:06
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      @JJofCBL: have to agree with you maybe Lincolnshire reminds of Holland flat like is homeland,still hard to take losing out to Scunthorpe never been sure what Harford does

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  • January 30, 2015 at 07:54
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    I think that given this news that Fuller can be added to the list of goodbyes.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 09:17
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    I think that millwall are trying to put the wool over our eyes all this rubbish that a load more players will be come here. it will like last time when we was to late to sign anybody

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  • January 30, 2015 at 09:29
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    If we don't sign this guy I wouldn't really care, never heard of him before this article and if we made a last minute decision to bid he can't have been our first choice. Onwards and upwards folks, let's not build this guy up into something he isn't

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  • January 30, 2015 at 09:32
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    Agreed fee but We only offered 1 year and Scunthorpe offered 3 years...:

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    • January 30, 2015 at 10:06
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      @mfc31: I heard Scunthorpe offered him a 4 yr contract. We haven't offered him anything yet but it wouldn't be for 1 yr. That would take him to Jan 30 2016 with 4 months of the season left.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 09:44
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    Good news is that IH and JB obviously have a good working relationship. Both seem to be on the same page.

    It's sad that we are no longer getting young premier loanees. So now have to look deeper and harder.

    But it does speaks volumes that Gregory a semi pro last year has better movement and touch than our established professionals. I still can't believe that we have players that can't use both feet.

    £250- 350k for this guy is still cheap. He obviously has something about him. We have a little following out in Holland so Millwall might not be such a bad fit for him.

    I know we need to stay up but we also need to be looking forward. He didn't do that last year and we paying the price.

    Little of topic - Who now partners the Hoover now Sid is banned? Dunne, Beevers, Webster, Shittu or maybe Williams?

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    • January 30, 2015 at 09:54
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      @tezza_mm: Would think he'll keep Williams in midfield. As some of these centre halves didn't even make the subs bench last week my guess is Dunne to start with Beevers on the bench as he can cover the centre half or full back position.

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      • January 30, 2015 at 10:28
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        @NICKOLA: Harding not available either... Beevers or Webster at LB? Not ideal...

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  • January 30, 2015 at 10:29
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    Well that just says it all! The way things are at the club even Ched Evans wouldnt want to come here! (Not that we want him!)

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