Leeds United and Watford have emerged as potential competition for Nottingham Forest in the race for Millwall talisman Jed Wallace, according to The News.
Wallace has been the Lions’ key attacking asset over the past few years but is out of contract in the summer and appears unlikely to agree new terms.
Reports (Sky Sports’ transfer centre (11:33am) yesterday suggested that the winger could be set to join Besiktas on a pre-contract but it seems a number of English clubs are keen to swoop in and sign him this month.
John Percy from The Telegraph has reported that Forest are trying to get a deal done for the 27-year-old but it seems they’ve been unsuccessful so far.
As per The News, the Reds have had two sizeable bids for Wallace knocked back already.
The report also claims that Leeds and Watford are both monitoring the situation, perhaps under the impression that he could be snapped up on a cut-price deal.
Having joined on loan from Wolves twice before signing permanently in July 2017, Wallace has amassed nearly 243 appearances in total for Millwall.
He’s been at the peak of his powers over the past two and a half seasons, scoring 25 times and adding 23 assists, made all the more impressive given he’s often lacked top-quality attacking teammates to play alongside.
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This fresh twist in the Wallace saga is an interesting one, with Leeds and Watford now seemingly joining the race and a Premier League move a possibility.
You’d have to feel that would be the ideal next step for the 27-year-old, who will surely want a chance to prove himself in the top tier of English football.
This interest could make things difficult for Forest, with the pull of the Premier League and the greater financial might of the top flight clubs difficult to compete with.
A move to Besiktas shouldn’t be written off either, so it could be an interesting few weeks.