MILLWALL are eyeing a January move for MK Dons utility man Shaun Williams.
Williams, who can play in defence or midfield, has been watched regularly by head of recruitment Mick Harford this season.
New manager Ian Holloway joined Harford on his latest scouting mission to see the 27-year-old in action against Wigan in the FA Cup last Tuesday.
Holloway was so impressed by what he saw that he immediately gave the move the green light, and the Lions are trying to agree a six-figure transfer fee with the League One club.
It is understood the Dons are demanding a package worth £250,000 for Williams, whose contract expires in the summer.
But their boss Karl Robinson is reluctant to undermine his side's play-off push by selling their star man, who has scored nine goals so far this term.
Williams has featured predominantly as a centre back in recent months but it is understood Holloway has earmarked him for a spot in his midfield.
The Dubliner, who was a target for Scottish giants Celtic in 2011, is left-footed, so would add some balance to the Lions' engine room.
He is also a set-piece specialist, something Millwall are desperately lacking.
If the Dons dig their heels in, Williams could stay at stadium:mk until the summer – and then leave for nothing when his deal runs out.
Holloway has signalled his intent by initiating talks now but the Lions will not pay over the odds for a player who will be a free agent in June.
The performances of Stephen Gleeson, another MK Dons player, have also caught Harford's eye, but Williams is the focus of the club's attentions for now.
Chief executive Andy Ambler is this morning flying out to Millwall's warm weather training camp in Portugal to firm up transfer plans with Holloway.
Williams is said to be one of half a dozen irons in the fire, and, upon Holloway's return to the country this weekend, the Lions will have a week to complete any deals before the January window closes.
"Ollie has already brought in two players and he will be backed financially," said Ambler. "Whether we take that further in the next few days is uncertain at the moment.
"We're looking at opportunities and we are hoping we can add further to the squad. If something arises, it is down to the manager to come to the chairman and the board, and we will go from there.
"We've spoken to a number of clubs about certain players, and I'll sit down with Ollie this evening to work out what we're doing."