Millwall are reported to have had a substantial bid turned down for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Jayson Molumby earlier today, with the South London Press reporting the offer would have been a record deal if it had been accepted.
The talented deep-lying playmaker previously racked up a total of 40 appearances for the South Bermondsey outfit during his previous spell in South London last term and became a firm favourite with the New Den faithful due to huis assured performances in the centre of the park.
It is now clear that Gary Rowett is keen for a reunion with the 21-year-old, with the player’s game time at Brighton having been limited to just three games across all competitions this campaign, suggesting he is in dire need of first team football.
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The addition of Molumby would greatly aid the amount of possession that Millwall enjoy in games due to his ability to dictate the tempo of matches by dropping deep to collect the ball from the backline.
Having shown a real tendency to lose the ball in their own half on numerous occasions this season, the return of the Irishman to the engine room of the team would surely only aid their possession statistics going forward.
Reuniting Molumby with his old midfield partner Ryan Woods will also help to bring the best out of the former Stoke City man, who has largely struggled to make an impact this term alongside the more combative Ryan Leonard.
With the Brighton midfielder averaging a pass success rate of 83.4% last term, it is clear he can control games when needed, a factor that has been lacking for the Lions so far.
Given the nature and sheer size of the bid for Molumby, Millwall would surely have to oversee a few outgoings in order to balance the books going forwards.
The likes of Troy Parrott have so far failed to impress since arriving on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, whilst several other fringe players could well be flogged off in order to facilitate Molumby’s wages.
This would be sizeable deal for a club of Millwall’s stature but it shows that they have ambitions to improve and move up the table in the second half of the season.
Maintaining financial security will surely be at the forefront of their minds if this deal is completed over the next few weeks.