MILLWALL boss Steve Lomas wants to sign Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte – but must make space in his wage budget before he can push ahead with a deal.
Hoyte was left out of Boro's squad for their win over Charlton on Saturday and it is believed the 28-year-old is keen to return to London, where he began his career with Arsenal.
Lomas has made his interest known to counterpart Tony Mowbray, who would be willing to let Hoyte move on if an offer was forthcoming, be it on loan or on a permanent basis.
But the Lions have to move players out before they can strengthen any further. Lomas is also keen to bring in a left winger but his priority for now is to clear the decks.
Hoyte made 31 appearances in the Championship for Boro last season.
Lomas is still monitoring Bolton's Tyrone Mears, who he hopes could change his mind about a loan move to The Den.