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."