Millwall CEO: Transfer request reports 'mischievous'

MILLWALL chief-executive Andy Ambler has labelled a report from last Sunday that claimed Lee Gregory had handed in a transfer request at the club as “mischievous.”

Sky Sports reported last weekend that Gregory had formally requested to leave the Lions in order to force a move to Championship side Rotherham United.

Millwall did confirm they have so far turned down three bids from Rotherham, who seem determined to get one of their main targets this summer.

New Millers boss Alan Stubbs has also been linked with a move for Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw, who on Thursday handed in a transfer request.

Gregory later on Sunday posted a somewhat cryptic message on Twitter that didn’t entirely clear up the situation.

The 27-year-old centre-forward was with the rest of the Millwall squad at their training camp in Portugal as speculation built at home that he had made his mind up that he wanted to move back up north.

Gregory, who was born in Sheffield, scored 27 goals in all competitions for Millwall last season and has already seen Mark Beevers get his wish to move closer to his family when he joined Bolton Wanderers earlier this month.

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart also said this week that the club were on the verge of completing deals for their principal targets.

But Ambler told NewsAtDen that there hasn’t been a further bid for Gregory, who returned to London from Portugal with his team-mates on Wednesday.

“We turned down a bid last week and they haven’t come back since,” Ambler said.

“The nonsense that was going on last Sunday was clearly put out by somebody being mischievous and hoping the media would pick up on it. And everyone did.

“That’s what it was, in my book.

“As far as I’m concerned, they made a bid, it wasn’t good enough, and that’s where we are.”

Millwall signed Gregory on a three-year deal from Halifax Town in 2014. He has scored 36 goals in 95 appearances for the club, but it appears the Lions could have a battle on their hands to hold on to him this summer.

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John Kelly