Lions to make transfer bids during Football League summit

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© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler is hoping to conduct some transfer business during the Football League AGM in Portugal this week.

The Lions supremo has flown out to Faro for a three-day meeting with directors from other clubs.

And Ambler will use the opportunity to make a series of offers for targets on manager Ian Holloway's summer shopping list.



"Doing deals face-to-face is better than not doing them face-to-face," Ambler said.

"I come out every year and take the opportunity to sit and talk with owners and chief executives from other clubs, and the chairman wants me to do that again.

"I will be having some conversations but everyone is very cagey and plays things close to their chests at this time of year.



"The good thing is that we have got players who want to come and join us so we're in a position to dictate things a little bit, which is fantastic."

Millwall are set to sign free generic lexapro reviews for anxiety agent Byron Webster upon the defender's return from holiday.

The former Yeovil centre back is close to agreeing terms with the Lions after a successful meeting with Holloway last week.

Once the Webster deal is tied up, Holloway's focus will turn to adding attacking players to his squad.

"We need people who can score goals in our front four areas – right, left, up front and the one in the hole – and we need a lot more choices really," Holloway said.

"Losing Stefan Maierhofer and Steve Morison leaves me with a couple of spaces to fill up front, and Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter have also gone.

"That's quite a few areas we can add to using the spare cash that we've got.

"I'm not looking to add that many to the squad – four or maybe five."

Meanwhile, Millwall's potential pre-season friendly with Zenit St Petersburg has been shelved after the two clubs failed to agree on a date for the game.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

63 thoughts on “Lions to make transfer bids during Football League summit

  • June 5, 2014 at 12:01
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    Nice to hear that ambler and ollie are closing in on targets. Seems they know what areas to improve (the forward line) which is great to hear. Lets tie up webster and get some quality up front!

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  • June 5, 2014 at 12:20
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    I'm well pleased about webster joining us he looks ten times better than what we already have ( I hope) now two good strikers please andy boy.

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    • June 5, 2014 at 17:58
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      @foxy: doubt Webster is 10x better than beevers, but hopefully he's a similar standard.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 12:22
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    How can we ever have confidence in Andy Ambler if he cant even arrange a date for a friendly..

    Was very much looking forward to that trip

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    • June 5, 2014 at 13:42
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      @Lonsdale London: have you thought that we have certain commitment's and just cnnot make the date's the russian's are offering.but then what ever ambler does or says is wrong in a lot of people's way of thinking.so as long as the man who pay's the bill's JB thinks he is ok why not get behind him and every one else at the club.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 18:34
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        @jim1222: ha ha, the standard Ambler bashing. Maybe you should listen to what Holloway says about him and you might change your mind

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  • June 5, 2014 at 12:31
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    Just sign a GOALSCORER/S.

    Then I might get a ST.

    And add a few to our gates.

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    • June 5, 2014 at 12:41
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      @Longfield Lion: I think that is why the bookies have us down as one of the favourites again for the drop, because we don't have any goalscorers... unless McDonald comes good (not holding my breath).

      I'm excited about any signings we get in because Holloway has so far been a man of his word and if he goes for pacey players then I'm sure he will go for wide men who can also play up front!

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    • June 5, 2014 at 13:38
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      @Longfield Lion: Maybe if you and a few others bought Season Tickets we could afford a new striker!

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      • June 5, 2014 at 13:49
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        @Sidcup Lion: C'mon Longfield, put your money where your mouth is and get yourself that ST!! Quality post Sidcup!

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        • June 5, 2014 at 14:02
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          @Bradders: Ah, its all my fault there has been no signings !!!!

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          • June 6, 2014 at 13:42
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            @Longfield Lion: yes and hundreds like you..if there was a huge number of st holders..they would be able to make there budget accordinglyey...i got the early bird st..this was a time when we could have gone down.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 13:59
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        @Sidcup Lion: What about if you have bought a season ticket previously without fail and got fed up of watching the crap spoon fed to you every week and were waiting on the signings to decide whether to splash out on another season of torture? Do you think that is acceptable? Just at the moment 2 weeks of fun in the sun sounds a tad more appealing than 7 to 8 months of suffering (Just saying, so don't bite my head off!)

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        • June 5, 2014 at 14:08
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          @vonhardshaft:

          Quite right I agree I work shifts so unpredictable what games I get to (been supporter since i was a boy) the prospect of a ST is always there but will I get the benefit in a saving probably not and would like to have it to get away games etc but the money isn't worth spending in bulk when I can just pay on the gate

          However if club showed some ambition I would to and part with the dough even though it's probably not gonna save me money but it's one at moment that's on back burner after s*** served up last year

          So not all fans who don't have every Saturday or tues off are to blame

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        • June 5, 2014 at 14:38
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          @vonhardshaft: Like many on here i have been a Season Ticket holder or regular to home games, virtually all my life. Of all those Seasons the ones where i actually enjoyed the majority of games can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand!!! It's easy to support a successful team but much harder to go to one that ain't! All I am saying is that if more people went every week we would have more money to spend on players. it's been proved that we have the potential, our Wembley appearances prove that. I know a lot of people can't afford to come every week and others have work or family commitments or live far away. But it does annoy me when people s*** off the club, and the board, for not spending more of their money when they can't be bothered to come on a Saturday to support the team when they need it.
          And as a Season Ticket holder if you can't be bothered to go to a game at least you don't have to feel guilty as you've paid anyway!

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          • June 5, 2014 at 15:03
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            @Sidcup Lion:

            I agree with you mate but there's too many on here that out "can't go " and can't be bothered to go and lump everyone together I would genuinely be happy to go the there you go ambler I won't be coming to every game but there's me wonga up front

            Until i see a bit coming out the club ie a striker that ain't john marquis I ain't gonna w*** away hundreds of quid

            Catch 22 I know but I ain't some knob who popped on for a few guest appearances at wembley

            Show me a bit of ambition and the cheques on the way millwall even if I don't get the benefit of a season ticket

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          • June 5, 2014 at 16:01
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            @Sidcup Lion: the club would get more money from a gate transaction than a ST though, if they want to spend more and not buy a season ticket its their look out

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    • June 5, 2014 at 18:24
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      @Longfield Lion: I think Longfield is just being honest - no need to slate him/her for it. To some perhaps Longfield's commitment to the club is considered less than others, but at the end of the day there could be hundreds or maybe a few thousand who think the same way, so Longfield's comments should be taken very seriously.

      I wonder, however, if lost sponsorship deals due to image reasons represent a higher loss of revenue than would-be season ticket holders? My guess is the lack of success has little to do with season ticket sales alone.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 18:32
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        @SE14: im with on this one SE14 the idiots that cause trouble have most likely cost us quiet a bit in sponsorship money.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 20:40
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        @SE14: I am a HE !
        Supported Lions for 45 years.
        Was a member season just gone,but had a ST the season before.
        I am a Lions Gold Card holder for last 25 years.
        Over the years I have been a regular,but also some seasons have not been so much.
        Was being honest about getting ST if signings that IH said we needed happened.
        Got a feeling there are hundreds thinking the same.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 12:42
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    Funnt how it's Faro and not Ramsgate. Anyhow Andy boy, forget your speedos and start earningyour salary and get these effing forwards signed up.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 12:43
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    I'm interested to see what happens to the likes of Chaplow and McDonald, both on their day are very good championship players... but can they both be kept fit to actually play some decent football and can McDonald actually cheer the f*** up so he scores some goals..... who knows but I have my fingers crossed for both of them!!

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  • June 5, 2014 at 13:02
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    Quote from AA above:

    'I come out every year ...'

    Scary.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 13:21
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    need two proven goal scorers a.s.a.p if we can get a strike partnership capable of 30 goals next season we will be fighting a the last playoff spot im sure! get webster then crack on! positive times ahead now. all the doom and gloom has well and truly f***** off!!! we now need to get right behind the team. we have a decent base to build off, we've got rid of 90% of the w****** and now can build a great team with a great manager.

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    • June 5, 2014 at 13:41
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      @steveomfc5: Hear F****** Hear Steve!! I was very happy to see the likes of Keogh, Trotter, Feeney, Jack Smith go.... and the positivity around Ollie is just what we needed as a club after the last couple of seasons!!

      Would be immense to see a couple of goalscorers, Webster and quick wide men and I think we will have a good team on our hands... all backed up by really good youth players....

      The futures bright, the futures Blue & White!!! Millwall, Millwall, Millwall......

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      • June 5, 2014 at 14:17
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        @Bradders: the players you've mentioned i was also very happy to see go. not to mention morison and the hoff i think was a big headed muppet! so good riddance to both of those. the major difference this time round is we have a manager who knows this league as good as any other manager in it, if not better! and knows exactly what and who we need to go forward. i have no doubt we will get some great players, good to see everyone on the same page and striving forward. the future is extremely brightreally looking forward to next year, i have a feeling it will be a very different one MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL

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    • June 5, 2014 at 13:49
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      @steveomfc5: So right steve doom and gloom gone,let's be positive and get behind the team,all i want is the team to give 100% at from the start,not like last year,when the majority of the player's thought they only had to put the shirt on and that was it,with OLLIE in charge there will be no poser's.

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      • June 5, 2014 at 14:20
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        @jim1222: genuinely buzzing for next year. we will do well im sure! get this club back to being millwall coz it hasn't been that way even a bit before lomas was here if im being honest! kj was a good manager and is a good manager still. i think there was a break down in communication and he lost the passion for the job. but we have arguably the best manager in the league now! with the right players we will go very far . MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL

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  • June 5, 2014 at 13:44
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    Rumour has it AA is chasing a moroccan international on Ollie's behalf whilst in Faro.

    http://www.nndb.com/people/897/000136489/george-zucco-2-sized.jpg

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    • June 6, 2014 at 00:59
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      @Adsy7777.:bleeding hilarious..keep em coming

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  • June 5, 2014 at 13:49
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    And last year he went with Lomas

    http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2005_The_Muppets__Wizard_of_Oz/005MWO_Dr__Bunsen_Honeydew_001.jpg

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  • June 5, 2014 at 18:05
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    There are players who want to join us, music to my ears.
    IOWT

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  • June 5, 2014 at 19:30
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    Good news!!

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  • June 5, 2014 at 19:50
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    Been reading the debate about to buy or not to buy ST out of curiosity what's the figure of ST holder for last season and any idea what this years expectancy is ?.?

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    • June 5, 2014 at 20:46
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      @southstand: Good question.
      How many we sold so far ?
      How many sold last season ?
      I think I read somewhere recently that Palace have so far sold 15,500 ????

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      • June 6, 2014 at 02:52
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        @Longfield Lion: that's only because they're in the prem. I remember last time they got promoted about 5 kids in my class got season tickets. None of them supported palace they just wanted to see the away teams!

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      • June 6, 2014 at 12:33
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        @Longfield Lion: up until the game against bournemouth the figure for season tickets was 3800. the season before was 5500. this might have been due to less time to renew at lower price or we looked doomed and the fans said f*** it. the overall sales might be a little more I'm not sure.

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        • June 6, 2014 at 15:16
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          @TONY BLOCK28: so if the ST sold this season fall between 3800 and 55000 wouldnt it be can idea to drop prices to encourage sales so fans can think not playing so good save on the travel etc wont incurr them cost and can afford to not attend a few games,but at the same time Wall will have the revenue anyway
          Also surely better to play in front of a bigger crowd week after week just a thought ?
          Or even better do a 2/+ year season ticket at a silly price ?

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  • June 5, 2014 at 20:43
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    I really don't know why we don't target Premier League clubs MORE OFTEN than maybe the odd player. There's plenty of young players at Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Palace even have a good youth setup. Fair enough, we've had Eastmond (never used him much despite him being decent), Mason (never stood out), Kane (best out of the lot), Townsend, Smith, Fredericks, Afobe over the last few seasons, but we never seemed to be lucky with them. However, Kane, Fredericks, Smith etc have done well. We should look at getting some season-long loan deals for these players and actually do our research, no good having these players for them to sit on the bench due to them not fitting in, or not being good enough. After the end of these loans, if their parent club decides to keep them due to improvement then so be it, there's always going to be more out there. I'd like to see us be a bit more ambitious, thats all. Would rather us pull it up for a couple of PL players wages rather than some average players that are a bit older and haven't got any hunger like McD and Morison etc

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  • June 5, 2014 at 22:17
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    Apparently we've made a 100k bid for Lee Gregory, a striker at Halifax.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 22:47
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    What's all this about Lee Gregory, a non-league striker for Halifax? 31 goals in 39 games this term - sounds interesting!

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    • June 6, 2014 at 08:39
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      @HenryBaird_: I have heard that as well, have a look at some of his goals for Halifax
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAYsdROlf_8

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      • June 6, 2014 at 09:09
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        @colin66: Looks like a real goal poacher,somebody that can get on the end of loose balls in the box.Just the sort of player we should go for.

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      • June 6, 2014 at 09:24
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        @colin66: Great stuff. Thanks for that. I don't think any of our forwards from last season could have scored many of those. Whilst the Hoff awaits news on being the understudy for a step ladder at Stoke and McDonald continues to look for himself, I'll keep my fingers crossed that we can get this lad and polish him up into a real gem.

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      • June 6, 2014 at 09:30
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        @colin66: For £100.000 well worth taking a chance on.
        good piece of research colin thanks

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      • June 6, 2014 at 12:33
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        @colin66: great post Col. The boy's got an eye for goal. Love his awareness around goal. He doesn't seem to care how they go in as long as they do. Too many seem to think the back of the net has to come off for it to count and most of them end up whistling past my earphones in the CBL.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 23:13
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    Steven Reid released by WBA, would welcome him back.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 00:48
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      @Peckhamlad.: we were looking at reid but watford look favourites to land (unless they aint got already)

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      • June 6, 2014 at 11:11
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        @Jim28: where did you read that him?

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  • June 6, 2014 at 11:15
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    That lee Gregory looks decent, hope we are in for him.

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  • June 6, 2014 at 11:23
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    I don't normally get wrapped up in other clubs business, because i don't normally give a s**t but interesting to hear that KJ has bid for Wood's.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 12:06
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      @Windy: Wolves are going to be a force this season with or without Wood. What interests me though is that Grabban has been transferred to Norwich. He had a buy-out clause in his contract for 3 million and whilst they may not have paid quite that much, it does prove that under the right manager and coaching set-up, players like him and Gregory are worth a punt. Even at 250k-which would probably get him-isn't a lot of money even at our level. I'd be interested to know what Marquis is going to be earning from Millwall for the next 12 months. Gregory looks like a player we should be signing to me.

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      • June 6, 2014 at 12:31
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        @NICKOLA: Nick i liked grabben trouble is he was played out of position a lot,bournmouth played to his strengths hence the £3.000.000 transfer to norwich.

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        • June 6, 2014 at 12:35
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          @jim1222: Never a big fan of Grabban to be honest but I get your point. Personally, I think that's a very good bit of business for Bournemouth as I can see him being out of his depth at that level, just like Morison was. Still, good luck to him.

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  • June 6, 2014 at 12:37
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    Yes, I know Norwich are in the Championship next season, Just making the point that he won't live up to their expectations and he'll also have a lot stronger competition for his place.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 13:05
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      @NICKOLA: He wont be able to bottle it next season when norwich come to the den,like he did with bournmouth last season.It will be interesting to see how he will handle the abuse he will most definatly get from some of the fans.

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      • June 6, 2014 at 13:40
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        @jim1222: he didn't bottle it bournemouth manager dropped him for his comments on twitter. he said lets beat them millwall c****. so he got pulled from the game coz the manager didn't want the crowd to kill him.

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  • June 6, 2014 at 13:56
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    Never liked him. He didn't want to play for us in whatever position he was asked to do. Horrible little c***.

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    • June 6, 2014 at 14:07
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      @block 28: yeah i heard about that ..he never liked us ..if he knows whats good for him ..stay at home with the rest of the turkies

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      • June 6, 2014 at 14:21
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        @Jim28: on a different note..Red the SLP earlier..The Shadow minister for sport (also a mfc fan).is campaign to improve refereeing at the den..he has already taken it up with the F.A. Makes for a interesting read

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  • June 7, 2014 at 20:44
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    I hope ambler gets rid of hoyte, chaplow, mcdonald, wright and takes back easters contract

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