This week has certainly been an interesting one for Millwall…
An interview with Chairman John Berylson can certainly be described as frank and open, as he openly discussed Millwall’s efforts to sign Chris Wood from West Brom.
The club has been slated by fans in the past for not acting fast when it comes to signing players after successful loan spells, a prime example of this was Jason Puncheon.
But Berylson told Millwall site “News At Den” that the club have met WBA valuation of Wood twice, only for Albion to change the price.
He said. “They told us £500,000 and I said ‘fine’. They said £1m and I said ‘fine’. So I’ve gone for it already – I’m done.”
He later went on to say that West Brom had taken so long to answer the bid that we have now made an informal bid for an unnamed player.
Such open comments from a chairman. It shows that we have tried to make a deal early, I have the feeling slightly that West Brom will keep us waiting until January and see if they can start an auction.
I believe that Berylson made these comments for two reasons.
One – to let the fans know that the club have really tried to sign Wood but West Brom are playing hard-ball.
Or that the deal will not happen, but Berylson will let the fans know the club tried their best, which I believe they have.
Plus, we are not the only club to be interested in signing Wood as both Leicester and Huddersfield have registered an interest in the New Zealand international.
But to be honest I can’t see him going to either of them unless he’s offered a whole lot of money, at both clubs I believe he would not be in the starting XI.
Plus him having a flat in London and also his family being in London may play as a factor in where he wants to go.
Despite this, it has reported this week that Millwall have already started looking at over strikers, in the last week they have been linked with Rob Hulse, Clayton Donaldson, Jay Bothroyd, and a certain Steve Morison…..
To me, it would be a massive disappointment if we did not sign Wood. Hulse would not be a bad signing after impressing at Charlton, but he is nowhere near up-to the standard of Wood, the only person who could match him is indeed Steve Morison.
But there’s a better chance of QPR winning the Premier League than us re-signing Morison.
Lions fans, if we didn’t sign Wood, who would you like us to try and sign upfront?