Gary Rowett’s Millwall side are set to land both George Long and Scott Malone in a double transfer swoop.
That’s according to a report by London News, who claim that the Hull City goalkeeper and the Derby County left-back are both in line to link up with the Lions on free transfers upon the expiry of their contracts at their respective clubs this summer.
Following a highly impressive Championship campaign this season, with Millwall finishing in a very respectable 11th place in the second tier, Rowett will undoubtedly have his eye on mounting a push for the play-offs next term – something that the arrivals of Long and Malone could play a huge part in.
While Long will more than likely take the place of the recently released Frank Fielding as backup to and competition for first-choice shot-stopper Bart Bialkowski, Malone’s permeant arrival brings with it the potential of galvanising the Lions’ backline.
Having made a season-long loan move to The Den last summer, the 30-year-old highly impressed over his 41 Championship appearances for Rowett’s side, scoring five goals, registering two assists and creating three big chances for his teammates.
In addition, the £1.8m-rated man also made an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 1.5 key passes per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.09 – ranking him as the club’s third-best player in the second tier.
As such, the news that the former England U20 international will be returning to The Den ahead of next season is likely to leave the 47-year-old manager buzzing, as the defender would very much appear to have the talent to play a crucial role in the club’s push for a play-off place next term.
Furthermore, with the defender available for free, he will not cost the Lions anything but his wages, yet another reason why his signing is an extremely astute piece of business for the club.