BRENTFORD defender Alfie Mawson will prioritise first-team football in making a decision about his future – and that puts Millwall in a strong position to win the race to sign the centre-back.
The Lions held discussions with him this week and are confident of landing the player.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, who are also interested in signing him on a permanent basis, but, having played 45 times in League Two, NewsAtDen understands that he wants to test himself at a higher level.
There has also been interest from the Championship but any potential move there would come with less of a guarantee of first-team football.
Mawson is keeping his options open, though, and will speak with at least two other clubs this week before possibly making a decision about his future next week.
He was offered a two-year deal by Brentford in April after his positive form for Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys.
The former Luton Town loanee proved a hugely popular acquisition for Wycombe, carrying a real threat at set-pieces.
He scored seven goals last season, including the winner in the 2-1 defeat of Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off semi-final second leg.
Mawson also scored in the penalty shootout in the final as Wycombe lost 7-6 to Southend, but watching Millwall boss Neil Harris was impressed with what he saw.
The imposing centre-back won five awards at the club’s end of season dinner, including the supporters’ and players’ player of the year. He also finished third in the running for League Two’s player of the year.