Championship outfit Millwall have spoken to Bristol City and Leeds United target Conor McLaughlin about a summer move to the Den, confirms Lions boss Neil Harris (via London News Online).
The 25-year-old defender has been plying his trade at League One outfit Fleetwood Town since 2012, appearing 200 times for the Cod Army and playing a key part in their rise from League Two to within touching distance of the Championship.
The Northern Ireland international played 42 of their 46 league matches last term to help Uwe Rosler’s men to fourth place in the division, and then appeared in both of their play-off semi-final legs against Bradford but was unable to inspire them to the Wembley showpiece.
And that 0-0 draw at Highbury Stadium on May 7 looks set to be the last time he dons the Fleetwood jersey, as reports suggest that Harris’ Millwall, who won promotion from League One via the play-offs, are in talks with the 25-year-old about a move this summer.
McLaughlin is out of contract at Fleetwood at the end of this week and always looked likely to leave the club, and it appears that the Lions are heading a chase believed to include Bristol City and Leeds to land the right-back this summer.
And Millwall boss Harris has confirmed their advances, saying: ‘We have spoken to Conor’s representatives. We know his attributes from last season.
‘He is the sort of calibre and quality of player that we’d be interested in.’
These comments are sure to interest Millwall supporters, who will be watching their side in the second tier next term after just a two-year absence.
And any promoted side knows that strengthening key areas on the pitch is vital in their quest to stay up, and if they were to land Northern Ireland international McLaughlin, it would represent a huge coup, as the likes of Bristol City and Leeds are also reportedly interested.
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