MILLWALL are trying "to get further down the line" with negotiations on a new deal for Fred Onyedinma, his boss Neil Harris has said.
Onyedinma, 20, is out of the contract in the summer, but any club wanting to sign him would have to pay a fee set by a tribunal.
Millwall are desperate for that not to happen, however, and want him to commit his long-term future to the club.
Harris worked with Onyedinma in the U21s and the winger is now one of his most important first-team players, showcasing the range of his talent in the stunning 3-0 FA Cup third-round win over AFC Bournemouth last weekend.
“We’re trying, it’s been difficult over the Christmas and New Year period,” Harris said. “We’re trying to engage with Fred’s representatives to get further down the line.
“The boy’s talented, he’s played for me now for my whole coaching career at the club. He’s getting better all the time.
“I want to work with him long-term and I see his future here. In the short- to medium-term I want to get him to realise his potential.
“Yes of course we want to tie him down to a long-term contract and we’re working hard to do that. We are being patient.
“For me, Fred has to keep focusing on what he’s doing on the pitch. His level of performances are becoming a lot more consistent. When he has a slight dip, when maybe he’s not as good without the ball, he has to keep his work rate up and keep doing the right things. And he’s learning to do that.
“You can see a young man with huge confidence and desire to be in the team and play well.
“His work ethic and his defensive performance is every bit as potent at the moment as his attacking play.”
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