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High asking price ended Millwall’s pursuit of League One sensation

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Championship side Millwall ended their pursuit of Fleetwood Town’s Ashley Hunter late in the summer window as a result of the League One’s side high asking price, reports News at Den.

The 21-year-old made the move to Highbury Stadium back in 2015 after coming up through the ranks at Ilkeston Town, and has since gone from strength to strength during his time with the third tier outfit.

The Englishman has scored 19 goals and laid on nine assists in 100 games for the Cod Army, eight goals and five assists of which came last term to help Graham Alexander’s side reach the play-offs, albeit they fell short after losing to Bradford City in the semi-finals.

And Hunter’s fine form for Fleetwood over the past few years appeared to have attracted interest from Neil Harris’ Millwall, who of course won the League One play-offs last season, so much so that they reportedly made an enquiry for the 21-year-old’s services in the latter stages of the summer transfer window.

However, recent reports suggest that the Lions cooled their interest in the forward as a result of Fleetwood’s valuation, which is likely to have frustrated manager Harris, who was clearly on the lookout for attacking reinforcements having seen his side bag eight goals this season, only three of which have come from the club’s plethora of forward options.

And with just one win from their opening five matches, it remains to be seen whether there is enough firepower in Harris’ squad to keep the London-based club in the second tier this season.

The Verdict: Millwall’s 4-0 victory over Norwich City just prior to the international break would likely have sent the Den faithful into the fortnight’s interruption with renewed optimism about the campaign.

Yet they did miss out on a late summer signing in the form of Fleetwood Town’s Ashley Hunter, scorer of 11 goals in all competitions last season, with the Lions reportedly not willing to match their asking price.

And with just three of their eight goals this term so far coming from the club’s forward options, Hunter’s arrival would certainly have bolstered those options, but Harris will have to make-do with what he has at his disposal until January at least.

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