MILLWALL have missed out on the signing of Aaron Mclean after Hull City decided to loan the striker to Ipswich Town instead at the eleventh hour.
The Lions had agreed to pay Mclean's wages and a substantial loan fee to the Tigers but Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy hijacked the deal on Friday morning.
It is understood Hull were wary of loaning a fringe player to a potential play-off rival, with Millwall only nine points behind the Humberside club in the Championship table.
Chief executive Andy Ambler told NewsAtDen: "We've got to respect the fact that clubs around us might think twice about loaning their players to us because of our league position.
"It makes bringing in better players more difficult but that's something we're working on."