14 strikers who should be on Millwall's radar this January

IAN Holloway has made no secret of the fact that Millwall are in the market for at least one striker in the January transfer window.

The Lions manager says he is looking overseas for new recruits but we have picked out 14 domestic options for him consider next month.

Chairman John Berylson has already confirmed that Holloway will have funds to spend.

So do any of our selections grab your attention? And if not, tell us who we've left off our list in the comments section below.

#1: Benik Afobe – Arsenal (on loan at MK Dons)

Age: 21
Appearances: 26
Goals/assists: 18/3
Contract until: July 2015
Estimated fee: £800,000 – £1,000,000

Afobe is no stranger to Millwall fans, having made five loan appearances for the club in the 2012-13 season before a nasty ankle injury forced him to return early to Arsenal.

The striker scored twice during a brief spell at Reading last year after returning to full fitness but it's at stadium:mk where the 21-year-old has really kicked on.

With Afobe's contract at the Emirates expiring in the summer, now is the time to buy him – he's in red-hot form and a natural-born finisher.

Arsenal could yet decide to keep the 21-year-old but he would have his pick of clubs as a free agent. If the Lions wait until July, they won't stand a chance.

Verdict: Expensive, bigger clubs might be interested

#2: Eoin Doyle – Chesterfield

Age: 26
Appearances: 23
Goals/assists: 19/0
Contract until: July 2016
Estimated fee: £800,000 – £1,000,000

Doyle was plucked out of Irish football by Hibernian in 2011 and bagged 11 goals in 49 appearances during a respectable period at the SPL side.

Since dropping down into League One with Chesterfield, the Dubliner has averaged almost a goal every other game and tops the division's scoring charts at the halfway stage.

He was the Spireites' leading talisman last year as well, with 13 league goals, but he has already surpassed that tally and is on course to break the 30-goal barrier.

Chesterfield will want big bucks.

Verdict: Expensive, bigger clubs might be interested

#3: Michael Smith – Swindon

Age: 23
Appearances: 22
Goals/assists: 12/4
Contract until: July 2016
Estimated fee: £350,000 – £650,000

If Holloway is looking for a big, mobile frontman then Smith is definitely worth a look.

Given his scoring record, it's pretty surprising that south London rivals Charlton decided to let him go for just £200,00 last January.

While coming through the ranks at The Valley, Smith hit 18 goals in 46 appearances for loan clubs Accrington, Newport, Colchester and AFC Wimbledon.

Charlton's loss has been Swindon's gain and the 23-year-old's impressive form suggests he's ready to make the step back up to the Championship.

Verdict: Pricey, but a realistic target

#4: Ivan Toney – Northampton Town

Age: 18
Appearances: 23
Goals/assists: 7/2
Contract until: July 2017
Estimated fee: £400,000 – £600,000

Toney was set to join Wolves last month until the move broke down at the eleventh hour.

He's raw, still in his first full season as a professional but, with Brentford also looking at him, the 18-year-old is clearly highly thought of.

Kenny Jackett agreed to pay up to £500,00 for Toney before the deal collapsed, so Millwall may feel that is a little on the expensive side for an unproven teenager.

But Holloway is lacking pace in the final third so fleet-footed Toney would fit right in.

Verdict: Pricey, a realistic target but unproven

#5: James Hanson – Bradford City

Age: 27
Appearances: 19
Goals/assists: 5/3
Contract until: July 2017
Estimated fee: £250,000 – £450,000

As you can see in the video, Hanson certainly knows how to head a ball.

Millwall looked at him in the summer and, through third parties, sounded out Bradford over an asking price. But that interest didn't go any further.

Hanson hasn't been as free-scoring this season as he was last year but the fact he remains a regular starter suggests he's still a key player for the Bantams.

And Holloway will get to see the 27-year-old at close quarters when the clubs meet in the third round of the FA Cup on January 3.

Verdict: A realistic target but not prolific

#6: Joe Garner – Preston

Age: 26
Appearances: 20
Goals/assists: 12/1
Contract until: July 2016
Estimated fee: £500,000 – £750,000

Since joining Preston in January 2013, Garner has scored 29 goals in 66 appearances.

His stunning long-range strike against Rotherham in last season's League One play-offs went viral, though it wasn't enough to take North End to the final at Wembley.

But missing out on promotion hasn't dented Garner's confidence in front of goal and he has helped fire Preston up to fourth, just three points shy of a place in the top two.

The downsides? Garner hasn't previously been prolific in the Championship with Watford or Nottingham Forest – and he's a boyhood Preston supporter.

Verdict: Pricey and might be happy where he is

#7: Tom Bradshaw – Walsall

Age: 22
Appearances: 17
Goals/assists: 10/0
Contract until: July 2016
Estimated fee: £250,000 – £500,000

Bradshaw was on the cusp of his first Wales call up after making a blistering start to the new season.

That was until a minor hamstring injury forced him to withdraw from the standby list for Chris Coleman's squad in October.

However, if he maintains his current scoring rate, the ex-Shrewsbury Town frontman won't be waiting much longer for his international debut.

Signing Bradshaw would be a bit of a gamble for Millwall but he is definitely a player with a growing reputation in League One.

Verdict: Realistic, a good age but unproven

#8: Reuben Reid – Plymouth

Age: 26
Appearances: 24
Goals/assists: 11/5
Contract until: July 2016
Estimated fee: £250,000 – £500,000

Reuben Reid failed to settle at several of his former clubs but there can be no arguing with his record for Plymouth.

Now 26, Reid has matured well and, albeit in League Two, is scoring regularly.

The ex-West Brom frontman found the back of the net 21 times last year and has carried that form into the new season.

Crucially, Reid has a bit of pace – something the Lions are badly lacking.

Verdict: Good record – can he make the step up?

#9: Tom Pope – Port Vale

Age: 29
Appearances: 17
Goals/assists: 9/0
Contract until: July 2015
Estimated fee: £100,000 – £250,000

For someone with such a consistent goal-getting record, Pope is incredibly cheap.

His contract with Port Vale expires in the summer and their chairman, aware that he won't sign a new deal, is desperate to cash in.

But time is running out and, at 29, Pope doesn't have a great re-sale value either, which will drive down offers.

So for the Valiants, next month is their last chance to get what they can for their top-scorer.

Pope looked set to join Millwall in October but family issues delayed the move and he is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Verdict: Age and injury count against him

#10: Will Keane – Manchester United

Age: 21
Appearances: 8
Goals/assists: 7/?
Contract until: July 2015
Estimated fee: Loan

Keane, whose brother Michael is on loan at Burnley from Old Trafford, desperately needs a short-term move to reignite his career.

So if Holloway likes the idea of someone young-and-hungry with something to prove, then the Manchester United striker is definitely worth considering.

Keane was billed as the Red Devils' next big thing but his progress was stunted by a serious knee injury which saw him miss the entire 2012-13 season.

He spent time on loan at Wigan and QPR last year but was used as a sub.

Keane has scored regularly for United's U21s this season but will be desperate for first-team action.

Verdict: Could be a Harry Kane type

#11: Chuba Akpom – Arsenal

Age: 19
Appearances: 10
Goals/assists: 9/?
Contract until: July 2015
Estimated fee: Loan

Millwall have tried and failed already this season to sign Akpom but they might have better luck in January.

Arsenal refused to loan Akpom to the Lions in November because they are in the middle of contract talks with the 19-year-old.

His Emirates deal is up in the summer and they want him to sign an extension before he goes anywhere.

Akpom, quick, pacey and a good finisher, is the Premier League's top scorer at U21 level.

Verdict: Ideal but situation complicated and will have options

#12: Sam Gallagher – Southampton

Age: 19
Appearances: n/a
Goals/assists: n/a
Contract until: July 2018
Estimated fee: Loan

Southampton tied highly-rated Gallagher to a long-term contract in the summer amidst interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

He scored his first two senior goals for the Saints last season but has been sidelined since August with a knee injury, which required surgery.

Gallagher has just returned to full training and, despite Southampton's recent poor form, is likely to need a loan move in the New Year to get up to speed.

The 19-year-old is big, strong and well over 6ft tall so he'd be able to handle the physicality of the Championship.

Verdict: Ticks a lot of boxes but won't be match fit

#13: Rory Donnelly – Swansea

Age: 22
Appearances: n/a
Goals/assists: n/a
Contract until: July 2015
Estimated fee: Loan

Like Gallagher, Belfast-born Donnelly has missed the bulk of the season so far with injury.

He went under the knife in August to correct an ankle ligament problem and hasn't made an appearance for the first team.

But Donnelly, who joined the Swans from Cliftonville despite interest from Liverpool and Everton, is out-of-contract this summer.

So he needs game time sooner rather than later if he is to win a new deal in Wales. A loan move to the Championship would make a lot of sense.

Verdict: Needs to live up to his potential

#14: Martyn Waghorn – Wigan

Age: 24
Appearances: 10
Goals/assists: 2/1
Contract until: July 2017
Estimated fee: £200,000 – £400,000

One of Millwall's biggest mistakes last season was not holding onto Martyn Waghorn.

On loan from Leicester City, he wasn't spectacular during his three months with the Lions but his work ethic and versatility were massively undervalued.

When played as a central striker, he looked a threat. And the 24-year-old, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, faces an uncertain future at Wigan.

It's unclear whether Waghorn features in the plans of new boss Malky Mackay and Holloway could do a lot worse than bring him back to The Den.

Verdict: Millwall type, would work well with Holloway

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29 thoughts on “14 strikers who should be on Millwall's radar this January

  • December 18, 2014 at 17:11
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    I would go for Reid at Plymouth.
    Realistic price but more important he has something we are badly missing - PACE.

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      • December 18, 2014 at 18:56
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        @Bush:
        Mate, watch him on YouTube or google him or something, trust me the bloke is quick and he's not over weight or bulky at all.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 17:12
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    Soooo someone not on this list would be guess 😉

    Would be great if we tried to get Afobe, unlikely but worth an attempt.

    Also Waghorn would be welcome back, why stay at Wigan, come to a big club!

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  • December 18, 2014 at 17:23
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    Saw Waghorn last season and this season at the JB Stadium, he is a quality player and would fit into Holloways system easily being so versatile. He would be cpeting with MacD for the spot behind the strikers.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 17:36
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      @glyngo: in nany ways waghorn is a young fuller type of striker..also i felt he was the one striker last year who look good in a millwall shirt

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  • December 18, 2014 at 17:32
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    Really like Afobe but he will be on many clubs radars. Akpom looks a player to. Have to see what we can do, but doubt anyone is optimistic!

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  • December 18, 2014 at 17:53
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    Bradley Wright Phillips on loan during the mls off season?

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  • December 18, 2014 at 18:01
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    Yawn yawn

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  • December 18, 2014 at 18:06
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    Will keane and afobe are the only ones worth a w***.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 18:11
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    None of these players fit the clubs transfer criteria.Targets need to be A)very old B)very s*** C)very cheap. Please prove me wrong this transfer window.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 19:01
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    Good effort by news at den that .

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  • December 18, 2014 at 19:23
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    Afobe, Afobe and err Afobe please Olly!.. Oh and Akpom or Keane also on loan. Those lad's are a class above all else in this. I was a big fan of Afobe when he first arrived, Kenny was talking about utilising a strike partnership between Marquis and Afobe at the time being both young lads needing game time but when you saw them both on the pitch playing together the gulf in sheer raw class was cataclysmic.

    If we are really to looking to make an immediate impact in our season in Janurary and Olly is seriously considering the future lifeblood of the club then we need those pacey flair players dotted in the team. Mix them in with your own home grown youngsters and the clubs futures is going to be everything Olly would hope for and more.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 19:44
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    play 4-4-2 with Gregory and Gueye upfront and see what they can do together . Maybe we could save ourselves £1mill. Gueye has started to find his game. (Aiden O,Brien also needs to look at, he is 21 and should be given a run out) Stop spending monopoly money and high wages on these wage cheats we have at the moment. I want to follow Millwall with players who wear that shirt with pride and not just turning up for the money. Really fed up to find Holloway has changed his system and players every game. All we really need is a 1st starting 11, stop changing the system every week. If our back 4 are going to start lobbing it forward we need 2 front men to give us a better chance of stopping the ball coming straight back at us. He doesn't play Jimmy so we don't really have a midfield ball winner at moment. Waiting to go behind by 2 or 3 goals by playing 4-5-1 then getting out of jail by chucking the kitchen sink at them is madness. You need 11 quality players for 4-5-1 . And without Lee Martin we got no hope staying in this league playing 4-5-1

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    • December 18, 2014 at 21:51
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      @collydriver: Good shout collydriver! any chance of standing in for IH for one or two games. Afobe is the target! I will annoy others but Waghorn never really done no more than take loan pay, could be different being a signed up player thou.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 19:52
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    Young Fred could also be a big shout next year.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 20:48
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    I hate to be pesimistic but this is just Another list to wet the appetite but we won't get any of them as I'm sure there's some more hasbeens out there who can talk the talk who will end up taking our valuable cash. At least its not a post about IH spouting off hos game plan and applauding how good Bolton are. Hoping for 3 points tomorrow night in front of 7k fans. I reckon Gregory will score again and his confidence will rocket. COYL

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  • December 18, 2014 at 23:32
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    To be honest, other than maybe Afobe, I don't think any of these players are what we should be looking at or could improve our side. Cue the dislikes...

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    • December 19, 2014 at 00:27
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      @DanMFC1885:
      Agreed, afobe, keane and maybe reid. The rest of them are not what we should be looking at. Although being realistic I wouldn't pin our hopes on signing anyone for any cash until the summer unless we manage to offload a few players early on in January to free up some money. Either way I'm sure we will be safe this season.

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      • December 19, 2014 at 06:57
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        @82wall: freeing up money at this moment does'nt seem to be jb's concern.as he has gonr on record saying the money will be there in jan for olly to buy..obviously it would be nice to lose a couple to lighten the wage bill..could we see malone exiting seeing hes still one of many whose contract expires in 6 months

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        • December 19, 2014 at 07:48
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          @Jim28: I think IH has made up his mind who he wants to keep now, a few will be going out in Jan, the rest end of season so funds as you say are not an issue here, it is a good talking point item that Alex has put out here, my view is that IH will sign someone for the future so I do not think loan players coming in will fit that bill, Doyle for me from this list but probably IH will go for a young 6' 5'' striker from abroad, it will be interesting to see if the ones he wants to keep will sign new contracts in the coming months

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  • December 18, 2014 at 23:48
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    afobe for me as i believe he has unfinished business with us

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  • December 19, 2014 at 06:49
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    All of them please,I'm sure there must be a couple of s**t hot strikers amongst them! COYL!!!

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  • December 19, 2014 at 08:11
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    Afobe and Waghorn would be great. Afobe with natural pace and finishing and waghorn is a millwall type player who never gives up! Also would like to see akpom on a loan deal for the rest of the season. I think we should be looking at another CB and potentially another winger. I may be the only 1 but I don't think Martin is good enough and think he loses the ball far too often, especially when he is trying all his stupid tricks. A winger, a CB and a striker would be great in Jan!

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    • December 19, 2014 at 08:50
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      @whiteliont: he'll probably buy a striker and stick him on the wing.so we wont need a winger coming in.
      sorry olly mate only having a crack

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  • December 19, 2014 at 10:52
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    Gotta say, really like the look of number 3 on this list - Micheal Smith.
    He's a good age - 23, so still developing...
    He's a big lad, looks easily over 6' - and seems to be able to put his height to good use - some great headers in the video. This is something I feel we're really lacking atm - we are below average in the air going forward - without Shittu or even Beevers going up for corners - who've we got who can challenge these huge CB's and score with their head...???
    He also seems to have composure and good movement - good clinical finishes with his feet.
    Plus, and probably most importantly - it probably wouldn't break the bank buying him - and we've always had good relations with Wimbledon, so we might get a good deal... part ex with some of the players we're looking to off load....?
    A lot of hot air I know... who knows who we'll get?? Who would've guessed we'd get the HOFF from Norway?!?!
    Anyway, thanks NAD - certainly has whet my appetite!
    COYL.

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    • December 19, 2014 at 12:42
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: Luke, Smith is at Swindon, would fit IH criteria for a striker but top Div 1 sides are not selling for less than a million so we will have to wait and see on that one

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      • December 19, 2014 at 17:23
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        @Weller: oops! thanks for the correction mate! So you reckon NADs estimated price for him is a bit off eh? He does look like he's worth a bit more... Would love to see us sign a player with his attributes. Saying that, wouldn't mind Akpom or Afobe either... really hope MFC and Ollie can do some good business in January....

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  • December 19, 2014 at 15:30
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    Akpom. We have borrowed from arsenal before. premier league U-21 level top scorer too. Arsenal must be thinking about loaning him out for some good experience if they believe he has potential.

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