Millwall persist in attempts to secure Ferguson's signature

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MILLWALL will continue their efforts to sign Shane Ferguson on a permanent deal from Newcastle after extending his loan until January 23.

Ferguson is available for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final clash with Oxford on Thursday and for the league games with Port Vale and away at Chesterfield.

Lions boss Neil Harris is also open to the possibility of keeping Ferguson on loan until the summer.

Harris explained: “He’s extended the loan for two more weeks while we try to sort out a deal with Newcastle and the boy.

“Like I said before we would like to do it and do it permanently. Shane’s got the European Championships coming up and he wants time to consider his options coming out of Newcastle.

“If we could extend it to the end of the season that would be a good option for us.

“We’ve extended it for the next couple of weeks to get Shane for the next three games and we’ll try to sort a deal out in that time. It gives us more communication time with Newcastle and his agent.

“It will enable us to have a clearer picture. I’d like to keep Shane long term but there’s more than one party involved. It’s not always possible to do it immediately.

“When you’re trying to sort things out longer term a lot has to be right. It has to be right for us, for Newcastle and for the player.

“The biggest thing of all is you have to consider competition from other clubs for a player of that quality.

“What is certain is Shane has enjoyed his time here.”