Millwall boss Harris wants four first-team strikers in squad

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris has a “specific” type of striker in mind as he looks to add to his frontline options.

With John Marquis signing a new deal, and Aiden O'Brien expected to follow, Harris wants a fourth striker to add to that pair and last season’s top scorer Lee Gregory.

There have been reports this week of a bid for striker James Hanson, who scored 11 goals last season as Bradford City missed out on the Sky Bet League One playoffs by one place.

The six-foot-four inch target man has scored 62 league goals in his six seasons at Valley Parade.

The rumoured pursuit of Hanson indicates Harris is looking for an experienced target man to complement his current attack.

Lions chief executive Andy Ambler says the club are active with regard to five or six targets.

But any potential loan deal from the Premier League is unlikely to follow the same policy as last season when Ian Holloway brought in Jos Hooiveld and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, both in their 30s.

He cited Harry Kane, who scored nine goals in 27 games on loan at Millwall from Spurs in 2012, as an example of the profile they might look at.

“The squad is coming together with a balance of youth and experience and it’s quite exciting really,” Ambler said.

“A loan from the Premier League would be more likely to be a Harry Kane type, like we’ve had before. We’ve had Kane, (Andros) Townsend and (Ryan) Mason.

“The links we have with Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea are important. I think clubs of our size use them very well.

“But, fundamentally, we want our own youth to flourish before somebody else’s. I recognise and Neil recognises that the links with those clubs are important because there could be a season-long loan that could benefit both.

“We wouldn’t be looking for older loan players from the Premier League. Yes, we want experience, but it must blend with our youth. We want players who are committed and hungry.

“Neil has a specific type in mind but not always at this time of year do you get the right person. Sometimes you have to wait for players to come back from their breaks, managers change.

“Managers come into clubs and say, ‘I don’t fancy him,’ so players become available that weren’t available before.

“It’s an ongoing process that keeps changing on a daily basis.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

47 thoughts on “Millwall boss Harris wants four first-team strikers in squad

  • May 27, 2015 at 12:00
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    Get Hanson,then we really are in Business.
    But -
    a) Would he move from one League 1 team to another ?
    b) Would he move from Yorkshire to London ?

    Cannot see him coming to the Den.

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    • May 27, 2015 at 16:55
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      What happened to the Paris mush gone back to France?:

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  • May 27, 2015 at 12:16
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    I cannot wait for mekongriver to give his views on this one.
    will it be doom and gloom let's throw ourselves into the thames,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or will he say the tide is turning and its all smiles and joy.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 12:18
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    4 strikers including a target man would be perfect with hopefully 1 or 2 young 1's pushing for the first team!
    We've needed extra power in the air for a long time so this is the right sort of target for us although can't see either Bradford wanting to sell to a rival or him wanting the upheaval of what would probably seem to him as a sideways step for this season, we are no longer a championship club? For these reasons I don't think he would be worth the money it would cost to get him here!
    Big shame we never pushed the boat right out for Smith when it seemed we had a chance!
    Move on to the next target???

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    • May 27, 2015 at 13:18
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      @matmillwall: I don't think it was down to our lack of effort that we didn't sign Smith. The official word was that Fulham didn't want to let him go to a potential relegation rival but a Fulham-supporting journo friend of mine said that word has been doing the rounds among players and agents alike since KJ left to steer clear of us. Don't know the exact reasons but it makes sense of why we struggled to sign certain players and ended up with the same dross as before in Easter, Chaplow and Hoff.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:00
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    How can AA say the squad is coming together we have not signed anyone new or with experience? He must know something we all don't lol. Loved to be proved wrong but Marquis......really, got to looking for better imo.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:10
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    Maynard is a free so is Leon Clarke wouldn't mind that Wycombe striker Arron holloway but with that name he will get slated from the get go lol and what's going on with tony Craig would love him back at the den

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:11
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    Not impressed with giving Marquis a contract.
    We will need a lot/ lot better than him if we want to do well.

    A proven scorer in this League is what we need.

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      • May 27, 2015 at 18:41
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        @glyngo: He's started over 42 games for us and is 23 years old - that's plenty of time to judge his limitations. I wish the bloke the best of luck, but this is a massive backward step for us.

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        • May 27, 2015 at 20:15
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          @Micky Lions: Agree,he made his Millwall debut in 2009 and 6 years later is nowhere nearer being a first team regular.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:15
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    need to stop f****** about and offer a decent fee for hanson. he would be great for us! no doubt in my mind with neils knowledge and style of play hanson would be a 18/20 goal a year striker for us. him and gregory would tear league 1 a new 1

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:19
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    Ian Henderson or izale McLeod Matt tubbs or shrewsburys forward james Collins he looks a player

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:22
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    I think we do need another striker this year for sure. However, i can really see Gregory coming into his own this season, like Morison did for us in League 1. UP THE WALL!

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    • May 28, 2015 at 11:24
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      @billy88: If he starts scoring how long will he last here money money money.Thats all this yank is here for.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:29
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    Connor hourihane in midfield aswell tong Craig defence maybe archer or Scott loach or foderingham in goal

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:31
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    Yh I can see gregory doing well think a season in league 1 will improve him much more

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  • May 27, 2015 at 13:35
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    But I really like the look of james Collins 6 foot 2 good in the air can score goals only young aswell

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    • May 27, 2015 at 15:21
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      @j90:
      Izale McLeod is absolute dross don't you remember him here when we were in league 1 ? He scores goals at the expense of having a good team.
      James Collins is the type of player we need but I sure he failed in Scotland at Hibs for a big money move of 200,000 would be a gamble ...

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  • May 27, 2015 at 15:33
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    Hanson, 11 goals a season as a main striker in a lower league! Please tell me we are setting our sights higher than that ffs

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    • May 27, 2015 at 15:52
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      @Geoff the lion: Agree with that Geoff. Plus Bradford have already rejected our offer which may be a blessing in disguise. Reading some of the comments on their forums a lot on there will be glad to get rid of him.

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      • May 27, 2015 at 23:59
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        @REAL Supporter: I agree too lads... I have been reading the Bradford forums, most of their fans are offering to drive him down to us saying he's pony....

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  • May 27, 2015 at 15:56
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    If we could pull some money up for Reuben Reid i'd be ecstatic. However, i get the feeling we would be outbid if we even tried.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 16:17
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    I'm a bit confused at the different attitudes towards Marquis and Fred.

    Fred went on loan to League 2 and scored 8 goals in 25 appearances.
    Marquis played in League 1 and scored 8 in 21.
    Yet some fans are begging the club to make sure they keep Fred and slating them for giving Marquis another year when the option was to let him go to a rival L1 club?

    We say we need strikers proven at the level we're playing in next season, isn't that sort of what we're getting with Marquis with little risk or outlay?

    I know 8 in 21 isn't prolific but it's a start surely and the fact that he's accepted a 1 year offer from us over the 2 year deal Gillingham were offering must say something?

    I guess the one thing Fred has over Marquis is that he's five years his junior, but I still think there's just as much chance of Marquis being a hit for us next season as Fred, Gregory, or O'Brien and certainly Hanson if we were to sign him at considerable expense?

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    • May 27, 2015 at 16:25
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      @mervpayne:

      I think the comparison between Fred and marquis is a little harsh

      Marquis is older and been around the first team squad for 4/5 years in my view has had the opportunities and time to move on

      I think Fred just burnt out towards the end remember it's early days with him

      Know lot of marquis fans out there but don't think he is the answer

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  • May 27, 2015 at 16:30
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    What about Steve Morrison coming back, one of the main reasons we went up from league one last time.

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    • May 27, 2015 at 16:52
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      @lennie the lion: Not with his attitude thanks. When he came back it was obvious he didn't want to be here. There must be better options than him.

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    • May 27, 2015 at 16:54
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      @lennie the lion: yeah right lennie, cos he was the dogs b***** when he was last here. Seriously, I'd rather stick with the youngsters the more journeymen

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  • May 27, 2015 at 17:29
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    I would play Gregory and hanson up front and o Brian center attack mid sorted 15 goals between them or even more COYL NOLU, WDC

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  • May 27, 2015 at 18:09
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    I reckon Marquis with a run of games an a manager backing him will have a very good season....the boy WANTS to be hete but any striker needs a good run of games and confidence that he'll get from playing in a side that finally isnt struggling to start firing....alongside Gregory I think he'll do well...watch this space...Hooiveld's been released an i would give him a year contract without a doubt....i know this goes against our new policy but the man is a leader and undoubtedly brought the best out of nelson an would be too good for most league 1 strikers to get the better of for sure....an id love the southend keeper but think hes destined for the premiership....we HAVE to get a new keeper.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 19:24
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    Zamora, Ferdinand,Barton straight down the middle? Maybe

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  • May 27, 2015 at 19:36
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    @333lions we all seem to be playing fantasy football lol

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  • May 27, 2015 at 20:53
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    Don't understand all of this we had four very good strikers already on the books, they were settled, knew where the training ground is, familiar with the kit man and the Wall café, committed and had talent gave their all - I GIVE U RENEGIE, FULLER, THE HOFF AND FLETCH so why do we need 4 more strikers seems silly to me we already had them now we have to start again won't new strikers cost Wall more money when they ain't got none - getting confused with all this talk about youngsters, new players experience not experienced new goalie old goalie going TC coming back and the new season not even started - help.

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  • May 27, 2015 at 22:22
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    To be honest, Im more worried about our GK situation. Forde won't want to stay and he isn't that good anyway, but who would we get to replace him if he left?

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    • May 28, 2015 at 00:18
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      @NOLU: I know a fat geezer any striker would be hard pushed to score against him

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    • May 28, 2015 at 04:03
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      @NOLU: Forde to Reading anyone as they are without a keeper now?

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  • May 28, 2015 at 07:24
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    I'm very surprise is talking about needed 4 main strikers and yet one of those is now Marquis and yet we still missing pace and aerial threat in our front line. We have one spot left to fill where we now need a player with both those attributes? If so, that's not Hanson although he would make a very good signing. Type of player we been missing since Moody and Alexander. Pay up Wall and make the statement of intent for promotion in the coming season!

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  • May 28, 2015 at 07:47
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    Given the money they would have earned from their cup exploits and the fact that said cup run probably cost them a place in the play-offs, I would think that Bradford see themselves as genuine promotion contenders next season. Why would they sell Hanson to us? The fella is Bradford born and bred so I would also have my doubts that he would want to move south to a club in the same division. Bomber is going to have work some magic to get him and then even more magic to get another eight or nine goals a season out of him to make this a worthwhile signing. I would like to see us go younger, Bradshaw from Walsall perhaps? League Two and the Conference seem to be short on stand out strikers at the moment. Akinde at Barnet is a Camberwell lad and seems to have found his shooting boots at that level but has already failed at this level. As for Reuben Reid, this lad has had plenty of opportunities already so what makes people think he will improve for coming to us?

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    • May 28, 2015 at 08:24
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      @lion.ie: I would still have a shout at Tom Pope. Dont think P.Vale will do much next season.

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