Millwall confirm loan capture of exciting Wolves youngster

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NEIL Harris has made his first foray into the January transfer market with the loan signing of midfielder Jed Wallace from Wolves.

Wallace will join the Lions on a 28-day deal and could be available to manager Harris for the rescheduled Sky Bet League One clash with Oldham at Park on Saturday.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder only joined Wolves last summer from Portsmouth but his progress has been disrupted by injury.

However, Wallace is well-regarded by Kenny Jackett and, despite playing just seven games this season, his 17 goals in 50 games for Pompey in 2014-15 indicates a player with real potential.

Wallace becomes the second player Jackett has loaned to his former club this campaign after George Saville, who could still re-join the Lions in January.

Reading-born Wallace, a former England U19 international, can play on either wing or in an attacking central role, posing a threat to defences with his direct running style, pace and shooting ability.

Harris said this week he felt the squad was an attacking option short, and Wallace, who was named in the 2014/15 League Two team of the season, will add that spark to his side.

The Lions boss told the club's official website: "We're delighted to get Jed on board. He has real ability, is a hard-working boy, and is desperate to play football and score some goals for Millwall.

"Jed will provide good competition in the midfield area over the next few weeks."

Wallace will train with his new club on Friday and Millwall fans could get their first chance to see him in action against David Dunn's relegation-threatened side.

John Kelly