Millwall boss Gary Rowett has claimed that it will be difficult for clubs in Sky Bet League One to sign his players this summer, during a recent interview with the South London Press.
These comments come in the wake of a reports stating that both Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon are interested in signing Jon Dadi Bodvarsson this summer from the Lions.
The towering Icelandic striker is said to be a player that the club would be wiling to let go this summer, with Bodvarsson having only hit the back of the net on just seven occasions in 75 games since moving to South London from Reading back in 2019.
Meanwhile Pompey are also said to hold an interest in bringing Ben Thompson back to Fratton Park.
Now, Rowett has moved to provide his thoughts on the interest in his players, as he made the following claim:
“There has been a lot of speculation about League One clubs for some of our players, which is natural.
“But it is difficult for League One clubs, at this moment in time, to spend a decent amount of wages to secure a Championship player on a Championship contract.
“I’m not so bothered about all of those things. I’m more bothered about strengthening our team. If there is a player who hasn’t played much and wants to go and play regular football it is only right to give them that opportunity, if it works for all parties.”
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Bodvarsson featured regularly for the Lions last term and netted one goal in 38 league games, often being used as an impact substitute by Rowett.
Whilst Thompson also played 34 games for the London club, scoring three goals of his own from midfield.
I certainly believe that Millwall would rather hold onto Thompson than Bodvarsson this summer and for that reason I can see the striker moving on if the right offer comes in for his services.
Obviously money appears to be an issue for the aforementioned League One clubs and it could mean that they avert their attentions to other targets over the next few weeks.
Bodvarsson’s days at the New Den are clearly numbered, with the goals almost having completely dried up for him over the past couple of years.
Add to the fact that Benik Afobe has recently arrived from Stoke City on loan and I think the writing is really on the wall for the Icelandic frontman.