Championship club plot promotion push with addition of Derby star

Date published: Tuesday 14th January 2020 3:50

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Promotion-chasers Millwall will aim to bolster their attacking options by adding Derby County forward Mason Bennett to their ranks, according to the latest report.

The men from the Den are enjoying a stellar season thus far, sitting just one point outside of the play-offs as the push for promotion begins to reach critical mass.

Despite their lofty position, however, the Lions do not boast a player who has notched double figures for goals in the Championship, with midfielder Jed Wallace the closest to the mark with nine.

One can never have too many attacking options in a promotion push, and the latest report from online publication Football Insider has revealed that Millwall are ‘plotting a move to sign Derby County attacker Mason Bennett.’

Bennett was one of two Rams at the centre of the drink-driving storm earlier this season, and is yet to ht the back of the net in 11 appearances across all competitions this year.

However, Millwall boss Gary Rowett remains a ‘big fan of Bennett having worked with him during his time in charge of Derby and he sees him as a valuable addition to his squad,’ according to the report.

The 23-year-old has recently been laid low by ankle surgery, but is expected to be able to return to match action later this month.

A key factor that could signal Bennett’s departure from Pride Park is the contract situation regarding the player.

Bennett has just six months remaining on his current deal and the article states that ‘the club are in talks over a new deal to extend his stay at Pride Park.’

 

However, a source cited reveals that Millwall are hopeful that Bennett can be persuaded to ditch Derby for Millwall, with Rowett’s previous connection a possible deciding factor.

The switch from relative mid-tale obscurity to a promotion chase could also sway Bennett, along with Derby’s desire to receive a fee in the current window rather than risk losing the player for free in the summer.

In further Championship transfer news, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest could be set to offer a high-profile Villa pair fresh starts in the Championship.

The duo have struggled to attain regular game-time since Villa’s promotion to the Premier League despite arriving for hefty fees just a few years ago.

 

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