Exclusive: Millwall in battle with former boss for Foxes star

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STEVE LOMAS is going head-to-head with his predecessor Kenny Jackett to sign Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn.

Lomas has enquired about the England U21 international and is mulling over whether to make a firm bid.

But the Lions boss is currently being guzumped by Wolves head coach Jackett, who has put a package worth £500,000 on the table.



Waghorn, however, would prefer a move to The Den and is not keen on the idea of joining a League One club.

Championship rivals Bolton have also expressed an interest but the 23-year-old is fed up of sitting on Leicester's bench and wants to play regular football – which he knows Millwall can offer him.

Lomas has made Waghorn one of his top striker targets and sees the former Sunderland trainee as an ideal foil for Steve Morison – but he may have to bide his time if he is to get his man.



The Foxes are cutting their astronomical wage bill this summer and with Waghorn well down the pecking order, an offer worth £500,000 plus add-ons may be enough to eventually prize him away from the King Power Stadium.

But manager Nigel Pearson wants to wait as long as possible before biting the bullet, meaning the current asking price, while it will fall steadily over the coming days and weeks, is too steep for Lomas.

And whether he is prepared to be patient remains to be seen. Another unknown quantity is Leicester's new director of football, Terry Robinson, who has been tasked with bringing the club's spending under control.

With Pearson's position the subject of constant speculation, and Robinson assuming control of transfer dealings in recent weeks, Waghorn's future could yet form part of an internal power struggle.

Where that leaves Millwall will become clearer over the next ten days.

Lomas has also contacted Bristol City over Steve Davies – another former Jackett target – although he can only afford to sign one of his striker targets.

Jackett offered £500,000 for the Robins talisman in January after Chris Wood's departure but was turned down. However, the recently-relegated League One side would now accept a lesser fee.

Davies scored 13 times last season but his goals were not enough to keep City up. Born in Liverpool, he has also played for Tranmere and Derby County.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

20 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall in battle with former boss for Foxes star

  • July 11, 2013 at 07:36
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    A lad with a lot to prove - not convinced on this one.

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:12
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    I'm undecided on this one. But something tells me that if he got a run of games instead of appearances as sub, he could be a little gem. Lomas has done well so far identifying players and bringing them in, he knows a good footballer and has stated he will only bring in players to push us on. So I'd trust his judgement over my own. Can't remember such as exciting pre season. COYL!!!

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:18
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    Waghorn is quality and at his age he has loads of room for development. I fear this may be too good to be true, I would be ecstatic if we got him in!

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:19
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    But still not enough firepower & guile in midfield for me. Be nice to turn Leicester over for a change though!

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    • July 11, 2013 at 13:21
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      @NO1LIKESUS: turn Leicester over for a change ?
      Did we not do the double over them last season ?

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:21
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    if Kenny wants him is this a good thing? look at DNG!!!

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    • July 11, 2013 at 15:12
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      @Strood Lion: look at chris wood, harry kane, jason pucheon, adam smith, richard chaplow, danny shittu, liam trotter, james henry, shane lowry, andy keogh, chris taylor, beevers, stevie morrison, Kenny must have some sort of idea what hes looking for, pulled the rabbit out of the hat so to speak for us many times

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:22
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    If he could off load some of those who are now excess to his requirments that would free up some money to use like DNG, Woolford & I know a lot of you wont like this but John Marquis (he is not championship standard) and maybe 1 other. it would be even better if he got some money for them.
    DNG was wanted by Charlton last term but KJ did not want to let him go (why) see if that deal can get some life back in it, and I am sure that JM could be sold to a lower div side as he is only a young player, Woolford we may be able to get some money back from Bristol under the trade desciption act.

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    • July 11, 2013 at 08:54
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      @Barnlion: totally agree with you on the Marquis and DNG front, i still think Walford should be given a chance probably have splinters in his a*** most of the time.
      Marquis is at best a League 1 player no disrepect to him as he gives 100% for the WALL

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  • July 11, 2013 at 08:54
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    Jackett's strengths certainly didn't include spotting and getting the best out of strikers. Can only think of 3 who were a success at the club, one of which has returned out of a whole hat full over the last five seasons. If this is a player he wishes to pay money for at Wolves then I suggest we let them have him. If we do pursue our interest in him then at least he has Bomber and Harford to work on his game with along with Moro, Keogh and Easter to play along side.

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  • July 11, 2013 at 09:35
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    Billy Sharp or Simon Church i think

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    • July 11, 2013 at 09:51
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      @Strood Lion: Strood i like your first choice, proven at this level where ever he has gone, but Church would also be good if we dont get Sharpe. But one of these plus possibly Waghorn and what a nice selection problem Lomas will have (lets hope so).

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      • July 11, 2013 at 10:03
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        @Barnlion: I really hope we get 1 of them mate Church when he has had a run of games scores even when reading were in the premier. Billy Sharp total forward will score wherever he goes either one will do for me what with Morison and Keogh.
        quality running through the squad think it will be the end of Jimi though

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        • July 11, 2013 at 10:42
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          @Strood Lion: Strood yes so do I but being greedy I could do with both, regarding Jimi you may be right he is not the most technically gifted player but is a typical Wall player, but that is professional football you need to make your hay while your sun is shinning if he is a casualty of Lomas's new wave that's life.

          Not forgetting for us its all about the team players come and go as do managers/Chariman but its us that are really the club and without us it would not exist j(ust a minute getting off my soap box now).

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    • July 11, 2013 at 15:17
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      @Strood Lion: Wouldnt mind Sharp at all, him and Keogh are good friends outside of football so would already have a great connection, same also applies to chaplow, never been this excited before a season!

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      • July 12, 2013 at 11:18
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        @banksy: quality Banksy totally agree with yah!!

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  • July 11, 2013 at 10:30
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    Let Jackett have him

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    • July 11, 2013 at 10:44
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      @harryfabian: Harry I take it you mean Martyn Waghorn and not Woolford or lets hope so DNG.

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  • July 11, 2013 at 11:40
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    F*** off Jackett*

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  • July 11, 2013 at 15:23
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    All this transfer talk is music to my ears. The club are going places with this new SL, JB partnership. Sensible planning and knowing when to strike on any potential target is very important at a club like Wall that doesn't have the spending power of most other large clubs. Good well written piece too btw
    COYL

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