Millwall thwarted by Fulham in fresh attempt to sign Smith

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MILLWALL have failed in a fresh attempt to sign long-term target Matt Smith.

Smith was the primary focus of Ian Holloway's summer recruitment drive but a bizarre turn of events saw the striker sign a new contract with Leeds United before he joined Fulham.

But the 25-year-old has made just three appearances for the Cottagers since then – and was sent off 18 minutes into his debut in September.



Holloway has an opening in his forward department after sending Mathias Ranegie back to Watford and made contact with Fulham to enquire about a loan deal for Smith.

The deadline for loan signings in the Football League passes tomorrow.

But the west London club have refused Millwall's request because they don't want to lend a player to a divisional rival.

Smith could now join Bristol City in League One, leaving Holloway frustrated in his search for a new addition.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

54 thoughts on “Millwall thwarted by Fulham in fresh attempt to sign Smith

  • November 26, 2014 at 14:08
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    Very slow news day then today Alex eh I wonder what show did Ollie go to last night and will he use it as the baseis for this weeks tatics at Bournmouth on Saturday.

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      • November 26, 2014 at 15:06
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        @Adsy77777: Spot on Adsy but lets hope he goes to see the Lion King before Saturday eh.

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        • November 26, 2014 at 16:03
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          @Barnlion: Trouble is, it's more likely he saw the film 'Clueless'

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    • November 26, 2014 at 15:06
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      @Barnlion: Les miserables I reckon....or Wicked!!!

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    • November 27, 2014 at 09:29
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      @Barnlion: He should take the whole squad to see the Commitments. On a serious note Smith should go to the PFA about this as he is the only one missing out.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 14:10
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    There was no way Fulham would load him off to a club in the same position as them in the table! Looks like we'll have to make do with what we've got and back Gregory's ability.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 14:16
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    Just cos we beat them !!

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  • November 26, 2014 at 14:20
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    He knows he had no chance of signing him holly just wants it to look like he is trying just to show us fans that he is trying ' so smiths wages and the watford player we had on loan and still paying wages for him where are they coming from . ?

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    • November 26, 2014 at 17:22
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      @John: I wonder what happened to all those contacts that Ollie was supposed to have when he came here? It now looks like he hasn't got any, more Ollie cobblers.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 18:53
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      @John: @lions404:
      Why doesn't Ollie try for Ryan Loft of Spurs on load...he's scoring many goals for spurs and he would be good with Gregory up front ......and don't forget the name is .....RYAN LOFT...SPURS RESERVES

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:02
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    We know, he know's and jb know's, we need quality up front along side lee gregory, I just can't see it happening now.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:09
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    Bent has gone to Brighton...
    Once you get over the funny headline you must think "Why not us?". Proven goal scorer that can link up with and guide Gregory...

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    • November 26, 2014 at 15:15
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      @SE12Lion: his £40,000 a week contract at Aston Villa would be one reason!

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      • November 26, 2014 at 15:17
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        @lions404: Where are Brighton getting their dosh from?

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        • November 26, 2014 at 15:28
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          @SE12Lion: They get near on 20,000 punters every week!

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        • November 26, 2014 at 17:41
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          @SE12Lion: Brighton are a wealthy club. We are not. It's not that hard to work out why they can afford a player like that and we can't.

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          • November 27, 2014 at 07:39
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            @82wall: brighton a wealthy club.got a few figures ....last year they made a loss of £14.7m.this year they spent £8m..and they are sitting in a £93m stadium..

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      • November 26, 2014 at 18:42
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        @lions404: Brighton won't be paying all his wages - probably just a fraction. A loan like this gets him match-fit and back in the transfer shop-window.

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        • November 26, 2014 at 21:15
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          @Micky Lions: plus Brighton have had a huge investment from their owner before FFP came in

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:19
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    Much the same situation with him at Fulham as we had with Mathias Ranégie it seems, wonder if Fulham will continue to pay his wage?

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:42
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    It is obvious that we do not have the financial muscle to compete with these clubs who on average get between 5 & 10,000 bums on seats than we do, the board need to finsd a way to get back those who have stopped coming over the last 5 to 10 years. Also Ollie needs to cut the players wage bill now as there is so much dross we have taken on board over the last couple of years.

    I know that we dont want to hear it but with our squad and our lack of financial muscle we need to develope young players like the lads who played against the Vermin yesterday only losing on pens but mainly we need to stay in the championship at all cost's if we are going to let Ollie carry through his long term vision for Millwall.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 18:16
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      @Barnlion: I'd like to see more of our own young players brought through - lets give O'Brien another chance (plus Powell and Onyedinma while we're at it). It's not as if the standard of loans (and many of his signings) are much better.

      I thought with all his so-called experience Ollie would have had better connections, but Edwards and Wilkinson are his only loans to have impressed so far.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:47
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    How come Kenny Jackett could pick up Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Chris Woods when we can only pick up donkeys. Who is not doing their scouting job properly for Olly. Surely there must be some Premiership youngsters up for loans. Even Wilkinson should know if there are any forwards available at Stoke who can't get in the first team.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 19:11
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      @CavanLion:
      Don't forget we loaned Kane , Townsend and Woods when no sod had heard of them ! Their parent clubs thought it was good for their development to play championship football. We never really had a realistic chance of signing any one of them in my opinion.

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      • November 26, 2014 at 21:17
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        @Block 8: the chief scout left the club, can't remember if he walked or was pushed but now we have big Mick Harford running the scouts. Gotta ask him if we have found any hidden gems. Most of our signings have been established players in their respective leagues.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 15:58
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    If we had pushed the boat out for smith in the first place,we wouldn't have needed to squander money on that swedish meatball.IH and the board talk about the future all the time but it is short term penny pinching that is costing us.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 16:01
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    Jason Puchon as well, maybe its the scouting that is lacking, but what ever is causing the problem we need to put in right a.s.a.p. I dont know about the rest of you I get the po# of coming into work on a Monday and having to talk about the "Walls" preformance, just every couple of weeks it would be nice to have something positive to say about the game.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 16:13
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    So basically no half decent striker is coming in before the deadline either bought or on loan. This club lost it when we didn't invest in Chris Woods. It showed a total lack of belief and ambition and we've pretty much struggled ever since.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 16:35
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    What a mug !!

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  • November 26, 2014 at 16:37
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    I live near a Donkey sanctuary that are looking for good homes any help ?

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  • November 26, 2014 at 17:10
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    FFS another non story give up the ghost and say we're not getting a creditable foward this season. No more bol@ocks

    Terms and conditions apply

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  • November 26, 2014 at 18:25
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    Looks like it is Messi then.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 18:34
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    Really dont give a flying..he p***** us about in the summer.so as far as i'am concerned he can jog on..

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    • November 26, 2014 at 19:06
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      @Jim28: Fellas, just get used to it ! Another Relegation - Battle starts after Christmas time. Got to be honest it's great 'Fun' .... Going to all the away grounds and singing our hearts out! We will survive again. ( NOLU, WDC ).P.S. That's the story of our lives at Millwall nowadays.

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      • November 27, 2014 at 09:41
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        T@BUSHWACKER14: That's more like it. As long as we stay up we have something good to build on there're a lot of positives to take from this season and hopefully Ollie will leave the defence alone and we can have another good run of games. NOLU WDC

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  • November 26, 2014 at 18:56
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    So what? Could never understand the fuss re this fella. As for Holloway, the phrase 'eggs and one basket' springs to mind. Surely we have other targets?

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  • November 26, 2014 at 19:19
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    People say about us penny pinching or refusing to spend big. look what happened years ago...
    We panic bought Paul Goddard for about £900,000. still our record buy .We suffered relegation. 3 or 4 years later we overspent again on the 2 Russians and the Jocks under Jimmy Nicholl.
    2 years on from that , administration and near closure of the club.
    Shall we go bonkers again and put our beloved club in a similar mess ?
    Or , trust financially astute businessman (multimillionaires) to run our club ? which is something I daresay all of us on here really know bugger all about.
    The frustration comes with the fact we're Millwall Fans , get over it I say.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 19:46
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      Are these the same astute business men who have given contracts to hoyte,easter etc.,overseen the ranagie debacle and been shafted over the regeneration?I appreciate we haven't much money but we have probably spent 15% of what would have been the smith transfer fee on ranegie.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 20:15
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      @Block 8: goddard cost us £800,000..in 1989 ..it was a panic buy to try and stay in the top league..unfortunately it didn't work...
      In todays market thats around 2.5m...but thats what teams do to stay in the top league...plus i hope your not talking about ambler as astute financial buissines man

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      • November 26, 2014 at 20:26
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        @Jim28:
        I understand the reasons for buying Goddard. But my point was , where we nearly ended up 4 years later...bankruptcy. I'm just airing on the side of caution and what I see as sense.
        As for ambler , I wouldn't mind being £100,000 behind him. For me , that's astute.

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    • November 26, 2014 at 21:19
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      @Block 8: agree with all that but wasn't the great Alex Rae one of those signings? He was a legend.

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      • November 27, 2014 at 18:17
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        @glyngo:
        was it Bruce Rioch who bought Rae ? I remember he was falkirks top goalscorer the season before we got him. £100k if I remember right.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 19:51
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    why does ollie want same players from our division, either jump down a league and get Afobe or go to the prem and get players that are young and eager to get a game. its so f@%king boring now ffs

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  • November 26, 2014 at 20:06
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    All Millwall's best have come from nowhere, Cas, T eddy, Bomber etc.

    That's where the gold is youth and the lower leagues not these established failures. Let give kids and those who would find it a honour to wear our shirt.

    If we fail then so be it, we go again!

    COYL

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    • November 27, 2014 at 11:32
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      @wongo: well said wongo, it doesn't always have to be a know player

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  • November 26, 2014 at 20:21
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    Gregory will come good if he has more support & players playing a lot closer to him. O'brien or Fred or both.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 22:53
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    We should stop wasting money on our phone bill cos lets face it, we're completely skint and concentrate on Gregory and what we already have. We've wasted enough time and cash on pointless efforts and useless injured has beens. Why the hell Dont we concentrate our efforts on getting a return in goals from the £250,000 spent getting Lee here. Surely that's the way forward rather than keep smashing our heads against brick walls?

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  • November 27, 2014 at 09:28
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    Ollie, just let it go.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 11:30
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    So Ollie is only looking at the one player, surely there are players out there that can come in and do the job, look at a couple of lower league clubs there's bound to be a fee hit strikers who would love the chance

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  • November 27, 2014 at 12:52
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    Really hope IH and co can get someone decent in before the window closes - we could do with a back up striker at least to take the pressure off our current strikers - most of all Fuller IMO.

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  • November 27, 2014 at 13:57
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    Fuller is an excellent player to bring on for the last 30 minutes of a game, Magaye is supposedly a striker too, we have a proven striker in midfield, plus a couple kids, Easter can do a job as a last resort.
    We just need a settled team, the same back 4 every game (exl injuries and bans). a solid base to build from and the goals will come

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    • November 27, 2014 at 15:16
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      @brooker: good post brooker, ideally we can make do with the players we currently have and improve from there - and pretty much every player has improved one way or the other. Just seems we're not as clinical as we need to be in taking our chances... Got a feeling we're not
      gona have a choice in the matter anyway.. It'd be great to find an in form striker at a reasonable price - but what are the chances?!
      P.s. Also, quite right about the back four, leaking goals don't help.

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      • November 27, 2014 at 18:53
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        @Luke ColdBlow10: we have to make do, i know its results based and playing well but losing counts for nothing, but we need to play to our strengths, if that's through balls for Gregory to chase, long balls dropping onto his foot, however he wants it to score give it to him

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