STRIKER Steve Morison has re-joined Millwall on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United, who are clearing the decks to bring in Noel Hunt.
The Lions will stump up the majority of Morison's wages but that seems like a small price to pay for a player who has scored 55 goals over the past four seasons.
Steve Lomas first enquired about Morison several weeks ago but, like with several other targets, had expected to have to bide his time in his pursuit of the 29-year-old, with clubs only just returning to pre-season training.
But Whites boss Brian McDermott was told he would have to free up space in his wage budget before being allowed to push through the Hunt deal and subsequently made Morison available for loan, clearing the way for Lomas to move in.
NewsAtDen understands that Lomas then set Leeds a Friday deadline to get the deal done, with other targets waiting in the wings should the clubs fail to come to a speedy agreement.
That tactic paid dividends and Millwall have now confirmed Morison's return, which was partly influenced by new coach Neil Harris, who is believed to have spoken with his former strikepartner about coming back to The Den.
Morison told the club's official site: "I'm pleased to be back here. If anybody has any doubts about me all I'd say is that I aim to score plenty of goals for Millwall and help this club to greater success. I've been looking after myself in the summer; I'm fit and raring to go."
McDermott added: "I am looking to re-shape my squad for the new season and there was an offer on the table for Steve to go to a club that he has already played at. He's there for a year and he will be playing games."
Leeds cannot recall Morison, although he will be ineligible to play against them, and the Lions do not have a pre-agreed option to buy the striker at the end of his loan.