LOAN signing Guy Moussi will provide Millwall with much-needed cover over the Christmas period, according to boss Steve Lomas.
Midfielder Moussi yesterday joined the Lions from Nottingham Forest until January 2.
And Lomas says his reasoning behind the deal was two-fold.
"He has a good pedigree, he is the right age and we've spoken a lot about getting players in with experience of the Championship," Lomas said. "We're delighted to get him, albeit only on an emergency loan.
"We had one eye on the fact that, after next Thursday, the window is closed and there is a busy fixture list coming up. Nicky Bailey is on four bookings – one away from a ban – so it was for a combination of reasons.
"Guy is 6ft 2in, he's athletic, can get about and he is decent on the ball. Forest obviously feel they have adequate cover, so it's an opportunity for him.
"He is going to have to earn the right to get in the team but he adds midfield competition."
Asked whether he is sizing Moussi up for a permanent move, Lomas added: "Every time I've got an opportunity to improve the squad, that's within our budget, I will strive to make it happen."
Millwall fans had been expecting a loan defender to be next through the door, but Lomas says he is not looking to strengthen his back four as a matter of priority.
"I am happy with the squad but you always want to improve," he said. "We will look at the defence – we've got Mark Beevers coming back and thankfully Scott Malone isn't badly injured, which is a big bonus. There's no point in bringing people in for the sake of it."