Millwall duo could remain after transfer window – but midfielder may depart

NEIL Harris says no decisions have been taken on the futures of Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma – and both could still be at the club after this transfer window.

Thompson returned to Millwall this week after helping Portsmouth knock Norwich out of the FA Cup. Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has asked about a permanent deal for the 23-year-old midfielder but has been told he’s not for sale.

Onyedinma is back from Wycombe, with both players joining in first-team training this week ahead of Saturday’s clash with Blackburn.

“We’ll judge it day by day as the window progresses,” Harris said. “If they remain with us on January 31 I’ll be delighted, from a selfish point of view.

“However, it’s got to be what’s best for the football club and what’s best for the individual as well. We let them go on loan because they needed to play regular minutes.

“If they’re not going to get match minutes here then they need to be on loan, really, as long as we’ve got the adequate amount of players here.

“The players know exactly where they stand at the minute.

“We have players identified we’d like to bring in. We need at least one more option. We’ve got Fred back and Lee Gregory coming back to fitness.

“That will help, but as we’ve seen we’re always an injury away from being light in an area.

“As much as I don’t want to stockpile players – I don’t believe in that – we’ve got to make sure that for the final three months of the season we’ve got adequate players. We’ll certainly add at least one more to the group.”

One player potentially affected by Thompson’s return is Jem Karacan, whose contract expires next week.

“Jem’s still with us at the moment. Jem is in the same category that Byron [Webster] was and a couple of others where he’s not played a lot of football,” Harris said.

“He’s out of contract next week so he is free to talk to other clubs and maybe move. I know he has enjoyed his time here, and we’ve certainly enjoyed having him, he’s a great lad and a brilliant pro.

“The opportunity hasn’t really come for him. Talks for Jem to stay are a possibility. The real thought for Jem at the moment has got to be to play first-team football, whether the opportunity arises here or somewhere else.

“Obviously Jem wants to get his future sorted, but sometimes you need to be patient to find the right club.

“It’s not clear-cut that he won’t be with us but I certainly support Jem in his thought process that he needs to play regular football.”

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John Kelly