Harris won't 'dilute' quality of Millwall squad

NEIL Harris doesn’t want to “dilute” the quality of the Millwall squad after the search for an attacker became more urgent with the news that Aiden O’Brien could be out until March.

O’Brien damaged ankle ligaments last weekend against Leeds, and with just six days left in the transfer window the Lions need to boost their forward options.

Millwall have held talks with Derby defender Jason Shackell over a proposed move, but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to add a forward to the squad.

“I’ve been trying to bring a wide player in all window and it looks like we are going to be without Aiden for a period of time,” Harris said.

“Our luck this season hasn’t been great. We lost Steve Morison for a period, he got back fit and we lost Tom Elliott. Lee Gregory was suspended and then Fred Onyedinma got injured.

“It’s happened where we have continuously missed a player in an attacking position. We’ve muddled through at times and the boys have dug in and worked well.

“We’ve been trying to bring in players all window and it’s tough. I don’t think people really understand how difficult January is. It’s by far the most frustrating time, transfer-wise, since I’ve been in charge.

“There’s no more anyone at the football club can do, clubs just don’t want to let players go.

“I want to add quality to the group, I don’t want to dilute it with players that aren’t good enough for us. We’ve been extremely patient, it’s like a game of poker.

“Good players are hard to come by.”

Meanwhile, Harris still isn’t ruling out the possibility of Tim Cahill returning to the club.

Cahill, 38, is a free agent after leaving Melbourne City in December and is looking for a club to keep in the frame for a World Cup place with Australia this summer.

Millwall held informal talks with their former player two weeks ago, and Harris revealed they are still in touch.

Harris said: “I spoke to Timmy again, about various things, to be honest. There’s still a dialogue between me and Tim in terms of that but that’s as far as it is at the moment.”

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John Kelly