Millwall boss reiterates desire to sign Waghorn in January

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STEVE Lomas has reiterated his desire to sign loan striker Martyn Waghorn on a permanent basis in January.

Millwall have not yet begun negotiating a transfer fee with Waghorn's parent club Leicester City but manager Lomas is adamant that he wants to buy the 23-year-old in the New Year.

Waghorn, whose 93-day loan expires after Saturday's trip to Blackburn Rovers, last month revealed that his future at The Den was likely to hinge on whether he was given the chance to play in his preferred position up front.



The ex-Sunderland trainee's wish was granted when he was partnered in attack with Steve Morison against Nottingham Forest last week, and he also impressed against Wigan in the following game.

"It goes without saying that I'd love to keep Waggy, but obviously that's down to the chief executive and chairman," Lomas said. "He is in the prime of his career at 23 and is the type of player we want to keep around. I've told Waggy that we want to keep him."

When asked whether he would be interested in re-signing the striker on loan again, Lomas added: "No, I want to take him full-time. That is the kind of deal we should be doing.

"He can play in various attacking roles – up front and out wide – so we would be mad not to want him. If he comes in and bangs in a load of goals, you could potentially sell him for a lot more money."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

43 thoughts on “Millwall boss reiterates desire to sign Waghorn in January

  • December 12, 2013 at 08:51
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    I don't understand why Lomas has to give so much information away about his thoughts.
    Ok, sign Waghorn but just say it's someone we're interested in etc. His comments have probably added another 250k to the asking price.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 09:01
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      @NICKOLA: Not sure what the idea behind airing it all is... Let's get DJ Campbell in!!

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      • December 12, 2013 at 09:08
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        @TheBermondseyBomber:

        Clearly, Steve Lomas is trying to pretend that he is getting good players to join MFC.....
        So with Waghorn having some good games recently, and the fans praising his efforts,
        its a good time to say YES, we will sign him in January.............
        wedon't just want him we require some other GOOD PLAYERS, that will be available
        in the new year !

        " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "

        STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • December 12, 2013 at 09:07
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    Well Done Lomas!! Definitely a Millwall type player as works his nuts off week in, week out so we should try and do all we can to keep him and he will be worth a few bob in a few years as he is only 23... so a good investment all round!!

    Not sure what people expect when Lomas is asked these questions???? No Comment or a Simple yes we are interested, either way Leicester will find out if we are interested or not as we need to put a bid in for him!!

    Leicester are struggling with FFP rules and have a large number of strikers and are linked with more... so clearly not interested in wanting to play or even keep Waggy!! Looks just about a done deal he is going to move on, but not 100% whether it will be to us or not!

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    • December 12, 2013 at 09:14
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      @Bradders: FFP don't mean they're going to give him away! They have the cash to pay the fine if they're over the threashold anyway!!

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      • December 12, 2013 at 09:32
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: Not sure who said they will give him away?? If they are looking at other targets and being linked with a new striker on a daily basis.... he obviously isn't in their plans are currently paying between 25-50% of his wages.

        With the FFP you can't just pump more money in as that goes against the regulations and means a bigger fine and possibly points deducation... the FFP means clubs can only spend money that they make... meaning they are a self sustaining business which they aren't at present as they are losing money!

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        • December 12, 2013 at 10:06
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          @Bradders: I'm well aware of the FFP rules and regs thanks! However due to it being a new regulation within the game clubs are given a set limit on losses they can make - there wont be any points deductions at the end of this season if clubs fail to meet the FFP rules on the first period on the basis certain clubs have a lot of work to do to get themselves working within the FFP regs and you can't just rip up contracts already in place! My point is Leicester will struggle to meet FFP rules and they will undoubtedly incur a fine - a fine they'll pay - none of which means they'll be more open to doing a deal with us over their player in January!!

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          • December 12, 2013 at 10:26
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: You are right, the FFP rules are based on income to expenditure which changes each year so get's tougher for the bigger clubs to pay big wages.... but what you have said is contradicting.

            Everything you have said is bang on -

            - Clubs can't just rip up contracts, so they need to prepare for the future after putting players on long term deals who are now sitting around doing nothing and can do for 2 years, unless they want to pay hundred's of thousands to pay them off.

            - You are right again Leicester will struggle to meet FFP, so will need to cut their loses every year and if they incur a fine this goes against their income and makes it harder for them to meet targets.

            Not sure why they wouldn't want to get some of the higher earners of the books otherwise you are making harder for themselves... so Leicester should be looking to do deals and possibly sell Waggy to us or put him up for auction!

            Either way let's just try and sign him!!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 09:21
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    Now that Waghorn has been playing first team football does he really want to join us? He could well have been using us to put himself in the shop window for a bigger club to come in for him. Let's face it, he may have run his heart out but he hasn't scored too many goals while being here. I've got a feeling we won't be seeing him in a Millwall shirt again after 5pm on Saturday no matter how much we bid.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 09:36
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      You might be right but I'd look at it another way. He came to Millwall rather than go elsewhere and I'm sure he had options.@REAL Supporter:

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      • December 12, 2013 at 09:53
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        @NICKOLA: That's because he maybe knew he would play here more than anywhere else.... the guy isn't interested sitting on the bench, so he could stay here and continue to play games or do a Chris Wood (although Wood did score more goals than Waggy)...
        I would still be very keen to see Easter get a run in the team as he is a natural goalscorer yet works his socks off, so might be good for Waggy to go back after Saturday's game until Jan.

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        • December 12, 2013 at 10:07
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          If you look at it we currently have 5 forwards including Waghorn. You can't play all five at the same time and one of you isn't even going to make the bench. It's only natural that someone is going to get p***** off. Other teams that parade similar talent have the luxury of double or triple our attendences and in some cases parachute payments. I can't see how we can afford his wages anyway.
          @Bradders:

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          • December 12, 2013 at 10:49
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            @NICKOLA: What sort of money he is supposedly on? he's only 23 can't be crazy money surely

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  • December 12, 2013 at 10:03
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    We wont sign him. Cant afford him end off.AND HOW MANY TIMES HAS LOMAS BEEN TOLD TO KEEP HIS CARDS CLOSE TO HIS CHEST. ANOTHER MASTERSTROKE BY THE GINGER ONE NOT!

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    • December 12, 2013 at 10:35
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      @DiggerWall: Please read below post by @spj91 and you will get why!! If anything it shows just how keen we are and have been for quite a while to have him!

      No other club has publicly said they want him and do anything to sign him... at the end of the day it is up to Waggy who he joins, although if he is offered 5k more by someone else not sure he would want to stay with us... but he could end up like Chris Wood (not loved and not in form and benched).

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  • December 12, 2013 at 10:24
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    How long will it take people to understand that clubs up and down the country know exactly where other clubs stand when it comes to signing players. Lomas isn't the only manager who would like to sign Waghorn in January and no doubt closer to the time someone else will have their say, so its not a case of us giving our cards away, its setting a marker to Leicester and the rest of the league.

    What would everyone's reaction be if our desire to sign him wasn't publicized and another club signed him in Jan? 'Lomas should have done more to convince him to stay' etc. The sooner people get off his back about anything and everything, we might actually get somewhere in the league and with players ...

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    • December 12, 2013 at 10:48
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      @spj91: STILL THINK BY PUBLICLY STATING HIS DESIRE TO SIGN HIM HE HAS JUST INVITED LEICESTER TO UP THE ANTE.

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      • December 12, 2013 at 11:00
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        @DiggerWall: C'mon Digger, if you have seen recently Leicester have publicly stating their desire to sign another striker.... so that gives us some indication they don't want Waggy anymore and surely he doesn't still feel loved up their with all their public announcements of wanting a new striker!!

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        • December 12, 2013 at 11:20
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          @Bradders: I know what your point is and on reflection you have a point Bradders. Mark my words leicester wont be bending over to do us any favours. IF WE SIGN HIM JANUARY I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED. I HOPE IM WRONG AS I QUITE LIKE THE PLAYER.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 10:28
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    Lomas should be concentrating on keeping Liam Trotter and Jermaine Easter at the club.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 11:30
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    As much as i would like us to keep him he has hardly been a prolific goalscorer, would cost a decent fee and command a decent wage. Not sure if we would be better off spending that money elsewhere. Having said that he works his socks off and the lack of goals can possibly be blamed on playing out wide.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 12:59
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      @wonky thicklips: And who do you suggest we buy with our limited cash? At least we know what Waghorn is about, and he is liked by a majority of the fans. If anyone thinks any club just roll over and part their cheeks they are deluded, and the bigger clubs like Leicester hold most of the cards. That said, it doesn't seem like they want him, so a smallish fee might work.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 12:11
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    He does run like a white Jimmy, but after Wigan I can say that his free kicks are worse than Henry's (and I never thought I'd be able to say that about anyone). We can't keep 5 strikers happy if they all think they should start every game, but I'm surprised to see McDonald sit on the bench when Keogh is getting runouts, to me McDonald looks the most gifted player at the club.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 13:01
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    All strikers go through good and bad stages, ie: Morison, so we need a good selection at the club. I would definitely give Easter a chance as at least he can put a chance away when he gets one, and if we are creating more chances than last year, we need a goalscorer. IMO

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  • December 12, 2013 at 13:03
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    Is this bloke really a football club manager? Plays a good player out of position for the majority of his loan spell then plays him once up front with Morison and then subs him.

    Then telks his parent club how much he wants him - what a plank!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 13:25
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    I thought it was obvious he wants to sign him permanently, who wouldn't in our situation? But Lomas is a spaz for telling the world how he loves "Waggy" and is a prime target, because now Leicester might take advantage and I'm not talking about the good kind.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 14:31
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    Heard all this retoric before. The liking of loan players and the likelyhood of signing them . Hopes go up only to fall abruptly when they sign for someone else.
    To my mind he's not that good. How many goals has he scored less than the fingers on me right hand I believe,
    Better off saying nothing, than broadcasting to the world our business.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 15:48
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      @aeojt: What about your left hand... still less?
      Waggy does the dirty work, makes defenders jobs difficult by closing them down quickly which you need in this league and also creates goals from their mistakes

      Defending from the front which is another thing Moro, MacDonald and Easter are good at, just need to give each of them a run in the team playing up front to see whether we have a goalscorer amongst us or a great partnership!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 16:09
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    Morison and McDonald should start up front as they are both natural goal scorers. Waghorn does a lot of running about but he is not a prolific scorer and with the fee Leicester will want another striker capable of scoring goals could be signed as back up to the 2 M's. After all as I have said on a previous thread we could be left with McDonald as our only permanent striker in the Summer so Lomas will have to sign more forwards anyway.

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    • December 13, 2013 at 11:18
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      @denslions: Natural scorers? Easter has more goals coming off the bench than MacDonald does when starting games.... explain that one

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  • December 12, 2013 at 19:14
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    Gents,
    I find it beyond comprehension that Easter does not get the nod to start, if you analyse player minutes on the pitch with goals scored he comes out so far in front it's embarrassing! Surely even those who don't particularly rate him cannot ignore these statistics.
    Easter has proved that he knows where the net is and to be honest has been more than patient and professional in his attitude. Perhaps I am wrong and he will not rise to meet the challenge, but considering our less than impressive strike rate, what have we to lose?

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  • December 12, 2013 at 20:19
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    I would put to him simply. If he's gonna sign with us , play him on Saturday. If he aint , drop him and play Easter who is contracted to us and keen to play.
    Easter & Morison could be a good partnership , well worth a try in my opinion

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  • December 12, 2013 at 20:23
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    how many? of our young players that have come through the academy reached the first team in the last 6 years it pays to buy young players if ours are not good enough ,and he surely is and will be a better player when he does start banging them in for us or whoever.but he would be a good addition to the squad.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 23:02
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    Give Lomas a break. Jackett used to tell bare faced lies about his targets and still couldn't capture them. Lomas has signed quality players so far and if he is comin out publicly like this then there is a method to his madness, and that is to make Waggers feel wanted.

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    • December 12, 2013 at 23:48
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      @Ash: Start ducking ash because the arrows are targeted at you.
      1.you said give lomas a break.
      2you dare have a pop at jacket,who some think is a millwall legend[not imo].
      3you support lomas in his transfer dealings.
      4 for what it is worth i agree with you %100.
      5 keep positive we will come out on top

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      • December 13, 2013 at 08:02
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        Let the crisp munchers keep Waghorn - if we can have Woods back!

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    • December 13, 2013 at 08:46
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      @Ash: Waghorn runs himself into the ground, but I feel the end product is not good enough. Woolford has scored goals from out wide. Malone has broken into the box and provided dangerous crosses. Even our selection of right backs have delivered more crosses.
      If he has a big tag on his head, I feel we can get a equally talented,or better, player elsewhere.
      I feel Lomas is putting his mark down and showing Waggy that he is wanted here.
      No-one should have an issue with this!

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  • December 13, 2013 at 09:16
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    Really happy to see us go for Waghorn but I just feel we need to sort out another CREATIVE midfielder & many won't agree but a quality CB who can pass .
    Still short of a RB an all.

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    • December 13, 2013 at 12:06
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      @Millwallsteve: Steve you have identified the three area's where i also believe should be strengthened,but right now i would settle with Lomas really giving extra training at getting our defenders jumping and challenging high balls into our box,this is a bad problem we have,also i would like to see forde coming for more of these type of balls in our box,Forde came and punched one out against wigan and came and caught one against barnsley,both times taking the pressure off our defenders.This is not a pop at Forde,but if our centre backs are not challenging as they should be,then Forde has to take on more as far as high balls in the box are concerned.So come on centre backs no more free headers to the opposition forwards.

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  • December 13, 2013 at 10:32
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    Football spy in the Daily Mirror this morning reports that Lomas wants to sign Waghorn for £500,000 in January. Sorry can't get excited about that prospect when the team needs a quality defender. Anyway where is the money coming from is he going to sell one of our better players to buy Waghorn?
    We need to keep Liam Trotter and Jermaine Easter.

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    • December 13, 2013 at 11:22
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      @Peckhamlad: I agree, but at the same time he is 23 so has his best years ahead of him!

      It would be a good bit of business if we sign him for £500,000 (when Leicester paid £3mill) and he starts banging goals in, we can sell him for a profit... great bit of business.

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    • December 13, 2013 at 12:17
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      @Peckhamlad: I agree with your post peckham,our problem is paying the transfer fees we just dont have the money,hence the loan deals,hopefully when we go for a player we need, the selling club will need the money and realise we dont have the the money and wont try and hold us to ransom.this fair play system might work in our favoure if the selling clubs need to stay within their financial bounderies and not get fined themselves .On saying that i would not say no to getting waghorn permanently.

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  • December 13, 2013 at 20:56
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    Play Waghorn as a striker and he will score goals. I really feel that him and Morison would strike up a lethal partnership. Defenders won't get a minutes rest when they click.

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