Jed Wallace has been pivotal to Millwall over the last few seasons but it appears that his time at the Den is coming to an end with Sky Sports’ transfer centre (11:33am) reporting that the 28-year-old is set to agree a pre-contract deal to join Besiktas in the summer.
The forward has been key to the Lions yet again this season, bagging five goals and six assists in just 21 appearances and emerging as not only one of the club’s best players but arguably one of the best in his position in the Championship too.
These showings clearly haven’t gone unnoticed elsewhere, with Besiktas now set to swoop in and seal a deal for the player that would see him join up with the club at the end of the current campaign. The deal is on a pre-contract basis, meaning that he would see out his Millwall deal and then join up on a free transfer in the summer.
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Gary Rowett and his Lions side were no doubt hoping that something like this wouldn’t happen for one of their star players and they were no doubt hopeful of trying to secure fresh terms for the player, with his current deal set to run out.
However, it now appears as though his future will lie elsewhere, with Besiktas agreeing terms with the player.
After spending over a decade in English football, the move would represent Wallace’s first foray abroad in his career. He’s spent the last five years at the Den and has racked up well over 200 appearances and 38 goals but it now appears that his time in South London may be coming to an end.
Jed Wallace is an outstanding player in the EFL for Millwall, so this will be a huge blow for everyone involved at the club.
Perhaps the only saving grace for the Lions is that they can at least keep him until the end of the season and then give him a good send off before the campaign is done. Wallace is a model professional too and continues to set the bar high for himself and will no doubt continue to produce the goods even with this deal looming at the end of the season.
The move itself could be a good one for Wallace, as it presents the chance to try his luck abroad and see how he fares with the potential to even play in Europe depending on how Besiktas fare in their own league.
For Millwall though, it leaves a gaping hole in their side. While they won’t have to find a replacement now with a deal only done at the end of the campaign, they may have to start looking around and considering their options this window to ensure they have something in place for when Wallace does depart the Den.