MILLWALL have had an enquiry for former striker Steve Morison rebuffed by Norwich City, who have offered the 29-year-old to Leeds as part of a deal for Luciano Becchio.
A source in Norfolk has confirmed to NewsAtDen that the Lions made an approach earlier this week with a view to a loan move, but the Canaries are using Morison as bait to land Becchio.
That player-plus-cash switch is now edging closer to completion, meaning Kenny Jackett's hopes of re-signing the Wales international are fading fast ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.
However, Jackett had reservations about the deal after learning that Morison has a hamstring niggle and was set to wait until the loan window opened next month before stepping up his interest.
Morison, who has scored ten goals in 53 appearances for Norwich since his £2.1million-transfrer to Carrow Road in June 2011, was understood to be keen on the idea of returning to The Den.
But Canaries boss Chris Hughton would rather offload the frontman's £14,000-a-week wages on a permanent basis if it aids his persuit of Becchio, who has demanded to leave Elland Road.
Jackett has admitted making enquiries for various strikers this week so Morison's unavailability will not come as a major blow and he is still hopeful of adding to his squad before the window shuts.
Asked after Millwall's 2-0 defeat to Barnsley whether he was planning to make any further signings, Jackett said: "Yeah, possibly. We're looking to strengthen if we can."