MILLWALL are waiting for an answer after offering a deal to Chelsea academy product Sam Hutchinson.
NewsAtDen can reveal that Hutchinson is the utility man being pursued by Lions boss Ian Holloway ahead of the new campaign.
Hutchinson, who can play centre back, right back or as a holding midfielder, finished last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
But Jose Mourinho has elected not to renew the 24-year-old's contract at Stamford Bridge, meaning he is available on a free transfer this summer.
A clutch of clubs are in for the Windsor-born star, with QPR, Leeds and Huddersfield Town all credited with an interest.
Wednesday have made Hutchinson an offer after an impressive stint at Hillsborough.
Holloway has confirmed holding talks with the versatile defender and is hoping to learn of the player's decision by the end of the week.
"I've made it totally clear to Sam what I think he needs and what Millwall need," the Millwall manager said.
"He's in no doubt that I think he'd be very good for us. He's weighing it all up.
"Coming here would be a step backwards financially because it won't be anything near where he was at Chelsea.
"But I think the lad's got his head on straight, he wants to get a solid year's football under his belt and to play a certain way, so we might have a chance but it's only a chance.
"If he doesn't take it, I'll wish him all the very best because I was so impressed with him when I met him.
"Even if he goes elsewhere, I'd like him to take what I said and how I felt about him as a compliment."
At the age of 21, Hutchinson announced he was retiring from professional football because of a knee injury.
But he defied his doctors and, 18 months later, was able to resume his career. Since then, he has been loaned out to Nottingham Forest, Vitesse and the Owls.
"Sam has got a lot of choices so he needs to sit down and have a think about them," Holloway added.
"He's had a very traumatic few years because he would be in Chelsea's first team if it wasn't for some injuries.
"He's someone who I see as being very useful to me because he can play in at least four positions and he would strengthen us up.
"If he chooses us, I'll be delighted. If he doesn't, we'll have to move on. He's got choices and hopefully he chooses me and this club.
"When a player chooses me over somebody else, then I know we're getting the right person and I'm likely to get the right effort and commitment out of them.
"But I'm never confident that a player will sign until they are in the building or they've given me their word that they will sign for me."