Jackett: Wood will be replaced and Millwall will get over him

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KENNY Jackett insists Millwall will recover from the disappointment of missing out on Chris Wood – and admits Simon Church could be brought in to replace him.

Wood rejected the chance to sign a permanent deal with the Lions on the back of a succesful loan spell at The Den in favour of a move to Leicetser City.

But Jackett says he has already moved on from the New Zealand international and is working hard to sign another striker in the January transfer window.



"We have to get over it," he said. "We're punching above our weight in terms of this league and we know that. We know where we need to strengthen and we know what market we're in.

"We're getting into January and we know what we need to do. It may be the latter part of the month that we're working towards, because other clubs may need to make their moves first.

"I have made plenty of enquiries but we haven't made any bids. We're looking to strengthen and I'm sure every manager would be sitting here saying the same.



"Is there anyone imminent or are we close to bringing someone in? No. I would estimate it will be the latter stages of January when that happens.

"But that's okay. In my opinion, the people above me tried very, very hard to keep Chris. I don't think they could have done any more."

Jackett echoed the thoughts of director Peter Garston, who claimed on Friday that Wood's decision to move to the Midlands was not financially motivated.

"Money would be one of the things, but I don't think it was solely that," Jackett said. "Maybe Chris thought it was a better opportunity to go to a club geared for the Premier League.

"Chris did very well for us and I thank him for the effort he put in and for how well he played. I wish him well in the future but obviously we're disappointed we didn't get him.

"There would have been a number of factors in his decision and you can't isolate one. I've been speaking to him on numerous occasions over the last few weeks about his future.

"He's quite rightly had a lot of options – he put himself into that position. He was nothing but professional with us.

"The chairman and the board of directors tried everything that they possibly could have done within our remit."

NewsAtDen revealed last week that Reading frontman Church is now Jackett's top target in the transfer window, and the Millwall boss confirmed that the Wales international is on his radar.

"I have enquired about him and I have enquired about him before, but we haven't put a bid in for him," he said. "We've tried to get him on loan in the past.

"We've taken a number of players from Reading, such as James Henry and Jem Karacan, so we have a good relationship with them.

"Church is someone we've tried to take on loan but it hasn't happened. We'll just have to see what the situation brings. We haven't got anything pending."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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  • December 31, 2012 at 09:13
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    Could have done with Wood on Saturday Kenny. Henderson, although scores a lot of goals (when he feels like playing) seems to get 3 in one game and then nothing for weeks. He also has to miss a couple of sitters before he scores. Keogh, just doesn't score enough unless he's got someone he works well with as he did with Harry Kane. N'Guessan, well he's never really been given a chance but did well on loan for the Anoraks last season and Marquis, well, I always shudder when I see his name on the team sheet. We need a strong profilic forward who wants to commit to Millwall and not someone we can nurture and then have the likes of Nigel Pearson take him.
    Going back to Henderson, please don't let him take any more penalties. It cost us against Barnsley and the win over Leeds should have been more comfortable.

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  • December 31, 2012 at 13:23
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    kenny what the chances of having messi on loan for a few weeks mate coyl

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  • December 31, 2012 at 22:40
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    How much would Kane cost?

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