GILLINGHAM manager Justin Edinburgh has revealed that Millwall have offered a contract extension to on-loan striker John Marquis.
Marquis scored his eighth goals in 17 appearances for the League One club in a 1-0 victory over Bradford City on Saturday.
Former Lions boss Ian Holloway was prepared to let the 22-year-old leave on a free transfer in the summer but Neil Harris has been closely monitoring his performances.
The Gills had hoped to sign the forward on a permanent basis.
But Edinburgh, speaking to Kent Online after Marquis' match-winning display, said: "It is difficult because he is not our player but there have been talks.
"I think Millwall have made him a new offer of a contract.
"When players like John Marquis come to the club and have the impact that he has, then you are going to be interested in him, there is no doubt about that.
"We have spoken to John on numerous occasions. He is comfortable here, has fitted into the group well and he has eight goals now.
"If there is something we can do then we are trying hard to do it. When you have someone on loan, if they have a spell like he is, it becomes a different equation."