Championship manager makes telling admission as Leeds are linked with new midfielder

Championship manager makes telling admission as Leeds are linked with new midfielder

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has admitted that his side may not be able to retain the services of Jed Wallace beyond this month after three clubs, including Leeds United, were linked with moves for the midfielder.

Marcelo Bielsa’s troops have found the going that little bit harder during their second season in the Premier League. With the side riddled with injuries, the Whites have won just four of their 19 games played so far. And while Sunday’s much-needed win over Burnley eases their relegation fears, strengthening their squad is very much on their mind.

To that end, chief executive Angus Kinnear has given some indication over their plans for the upcoming window. And while he wants Leeds to strengthen, he knows their position at the wrong end of the table could be a cause for concern.

Nonetheless, Leeds are pressing ahead with plans to strengthen and their midfield is understood to be their No 1 priority.

As such,Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth insists that is now Leeds’ transfer window focus.

“Leeds United made their first signing of the window on Tuesday. They have a shortlist of midfield options now,” he said.

To that end, a report on Tuesday claimed Leeds had made contact with Marseille over the Boubacar Kamara transfer.

The Whites are also being linked with other signings too. Indeed, a report earlier this week cited Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez was being targeted, amid claims his asking price has been drastically reduced.

However, Leeds could also look to the Championship with both Lewis O’Brien and John Swift both mentioned as targets.

Now, The News claims Leeds are one of three clubs all on the trail of Lions star Wallace.

They claim that the Whites, along with Nottingham Forest and Watford, are all considering moves for the 27-year-old.

Rowett admits Jed Wallace may be sold

And now Rowett has seemingly boosted their hopes of a deal by admitting Wallace’s departure looks likely.

His deal expires this summer and Rowett, speaking to South London Press, admits his sale looks possible.

“We’re in a situation where we would love Jed to stay and sign a new contract. But he is out of contract at the end of the season,” Rowett admits.

“We have to be open-minded to all scenarios. What we don’t want to do is lose one of our best players over the past four or five seasons for nothing.”

Wallace – known as something of a dead ball expert – has 41 goals in 239 appearances for the Lions. He can operate as a winger or is equally as comfortable in a central midfield role.

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