Harris on transfer links: 'There has been interest in Millwall players – but there are no plans to sell'

NEIL Harris has again insisted there would be no first-team departures this month – after reports this week linked a number of Championship rivals with moves for key Lions players.

Harris revealed there has been interest from clubs in a number of Millwall players this summer. Glasgow Rangers’ bid to sign Jake Cooper was well known, and this week Leeds and Aston Villa were reported to want George Saville, while Sheffield United were again linked with Lee Gregory.

And Middlesbrough made bids this week for Saville and Jed Wallace, both of which were rejected.

Harris says the value of his players has shot up after their performances since they joined the club, particularly following the run to the verge of pinching a play-off spot last season.

But he is determined that none of them will leave.

“My words are clear: there are no plans to sell in this window,” Harris said. “There is interest in our players, of course there is, there has been all summer and there will be next winter.

“We’ve got good players, they proved it last year and again last Saturday. The players need to keep proving it all the time because then we improve as a squad.

“We’ve had clubs linked with our players, we’ve been linked with players – the majority of it is a load of rubbish.

“We’re in a really good place and the dressing room is in a good place at the moment. The boys were thoroughly disappointed [after conceding two late goals to Middlesbrough] last weekend because they completely bossed a top, top side for so long.

“We’ve got the capabilities to be a good side this year. We have to make sure that we focus on that and nothing else.”

Rangers were understood to have offered up to £3million for Cooper and when asked if Millwall put valuations on their players, Harris said: “Any player is only worth what someone is willing to pay. The current market is a joke. The levels of fees being talked about for players are ridiculous.

He added: “You see the market values and then you think: where does that put your own players? Who knows? What I do know is some of my players, there aren’t many better than them in the Championship. Certainly based on what I saw last year.

“The value of our players has risen dramatically from when we brought them in, whether that was last summer or whether it was the summer before.

“It’s like the housing market, it continues to rise all the time.

“We don’t really worry too much, we don’t put values on our players and our players are not going anywhere. It’s as simple as that, really.”

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John Kelly