SOUTHAMPTON loaneee Richard Chaplow is being sized up for a possible permanent move to Millwall in the summer, chief executive Andy Ambler has admitted.
Chaplow, who made his Lions debut in the 2-0 win at Charlton last weekend, has a year remaining on his current deal with the Saints but is almost certain to leave St Mary's at the end of the season.
And Ambler says Chaplow could become manager Kenny Jackett's latest try-before-you-buy signing – provided the 28-year-old impresses sufficiently in the final months of the campaign.
Ambler told NewsAtDen: "He's one for the future in the sense that, on the whole, Kenny likes to sign players on loan he thinks he has a chance of getting – especially those of a certain age.
"It's a different situation to someone like Harry Kane or maybe even Chris Wood. When Kenny signs a player like Chaplow he's thinking there might be a contract up for grabs if they show something.
"I'm sure that's what he's thinking this time. But primarily we've signed him until May 11 because he can play in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan."