MILLWALL have agreed a highly-structured deal with Aston Villa for defender Shane Lowry that could be worth as much as £500,000.
While NewsAtDen understands the initial fee for the Australian is less than half that sum, the Premier League club have retained several appearance-related clauses that could see the overall value of the transfer rise substantially in the future.
It is thought the Lions considered pulling the plug on the deal altogether in the face of Villa's spiralling demands and pursuing a loan extension until the end of the season instead.
However, after lengthy negotiations this week, a permanent deal has now been agreed upon. The South London Press reported this morning that Lowry will sign a contract at The Den running until 2014.
Speaking on Lions Live last night, Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler revealed the 22-year-old could put pen-to-paper before the weekend.
"We are close, and I'd like to think we might get over the line on Friday," he said.
"Aston Villa have been very good, but ultimately he's their player and they want a fee for him. That's totally understandable – they've had him from a sixteen-year-old up until now.
"Shane is free in the summer, but we want to tie him up now so we've had to put money on the table to do that."