MILLWALL have been credited with an interest in Port Vale striker Tom Pope.
Reports in Staffordshire claim that Pope, who has scored nine goals already this campaign, is being chased by both the Lions and League One side Barnsley.
The 29-year-old is expected to leave the Valiants next summer when his contract expires.
But clubs keen on signing Pope could sign him on loan now before buying him in January.
Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has hinted that Millwall recently made an approach for the forward but that a deal could not be agreed.
"It is a compliment to the player if anyone comes in," Smurthwaite told the Stoke Sentinel.
"Barnsley is not such a compliment but I don't mean to be derogatory about Barnsley.
"But there is a Championship club, and it looks like there may be another one approaching as well.
"That is more than a compliment, it is a testament to who he is.
"We are at the wrong level to be talking about these so called transfer fees.
"There is a break clause in his contract which pays an amount of money, but that wouldn’t have been paid by Barnsley and it wouldn't have been paid by the Championship club."
Pope scored 16 goals last season and 33 the year before that, albeit in League Two.