One time wonderkid John Bostock admitted this weekend that he would be tempted by a return to English football. Speaking to The Guardian in an emotional interview he stated:
“People may feel like if I came back to England I may need to prove something but I am not worried. Maybe a few years ago I would feel worried and that I would need to prove myself, that I was this wonderkid but I don’t need to prove any of that any more. If I came back I would just want to do the best job I could for the club I play for and enjoy playing in England in front of my friends and family…”
Bostock was of course once one of the hottest talents in world football. As reported by the Daily Mail in 2007 the then 15-year-old was wanted by Barcelona among some of the bigger clubs in world football.
Instead, it was Tottenham Hotspur who snapped him up. But his development stalled at the club and it was only after a move to Belgium that things turned around. Excellent form has followed with Royal Antwerp, OH Leuven, RC Lens and he is now at Turkish side Bursaspor.
But should Millwall offer him a route back to London, where he could show just how much he has improved since his 2013 release by Spurs?
Whilst Bostock only joined the Turkish outfit in January, the Super Lig club are in serious financial trouble and The Guardian suggest Bostock has yet to be paid by the club since signing.
That could surely make him available on the cheap this summer and, at 26-years-old, it might be time for him to return to England.
Millwall would offer him the perfect opportunity to do so. Bostock, from nearby Camberwell, would be back on his home turf with a definite point to prove. Indeed, back in 2013, Millwall were one of many teams linked with signing the player on a free transfer – as reported by The Express.
But Bostock needed to go abroad to escape the limelight and he has been excellent in rejuvenating his flagging career.
Millwall have built a brilliant tight-knit squad of players who, like Bostock, have largely been turfed out by other clubs. The result has been a hard-working team that very nearly upset the promotion party in the Championship this season.
Bostock could add just that little bit of quality that perhaps Millwall lack in order to take them into the top six.
Millwall would be making a shrewd move if they decided to bring the former Barcelona targeted wonderkid back to South London this summer.
Millwall must ensure they receive a fair price for George Saville
Millwall should not look to sell the midfielder for anything less than £7 million.
Millwall are reportedly facing a battle to keep hold of midfielder George Saville this summer. According to the Daily Mail, the likes of Leeds United, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United are all interested in snapping up the midfield maestro this week.
Millwall paid Wolves £350,000 for the midfielder last summer and he had an incredible first season with the club. He scored 10 goals and played 45 times for the club, providing the necessary consistency the Lions needed last term. His form, along with others, left Millwall agonisingly short of the play-off places.
He again impressed on the opening day against Middlesbrough, as Millwall came up short in a 2-2 draw.
Saville, a former Chelsea youth product, is clearly a top talent that Millwall will want to hold on to. However, the three clubs interested in the Northern Ireland international are big clubs who could lure him away with the right project.
Millwall though will need to ensure they are paid the fair amount. They recently refused to sell, Jake Cooper to Rangers this summer. The latest bid in that pursuit was said to be £3 million. If Millwall will not let Cooper go at that price, then they will want at least double for Saville.
If they don’t, then they should. He is one of the top central midfielders in the division and has two years left on his current contract.
If Millwall do decide to let Saville go, it should be for at least 20 times as much as they paid for him 12 months ago.
Millwall should raid Wolves again for Kortney Hause if Jake Cooper leaves
Millwall will need a replacement if Jake Cooper heads to Rangers.
Millwall are facing a fight to keep hold of their star defender Jake Cooper. The 23-year-old is Steven Gerrard’s top transfer target to finish his defensive overhaul at Ibrox. The London Evening Standard most recently reported a bid of £3 million and, despite Millwall saying he is not for sale, Rangers are determined to get their man.
In an ideal world, Millwall will keep Cooper. Hopefully, that does prove to be the case. But if not, they need to start planning for his potential departure.
Wolverhampton Wanderers success and influx has made them a happy hunting ground for new players in the past and Millwall would be wise to revisit Molineux for a potential solution.
The player in question is Kortney Hause.
Handed a new three-year deal in April the newly-promoted Premier League side clearly hold a lot of hope for the future of the left-sided defender.
But the reality is that the Goodmayes-born former West Ham United youth-team player is not going to be a regular in the Premier League next season.
Hause played just three times for Wolves last season, so it is hard to see him playing more now they are promoted.
A loan deal is surely a possibility and Hause would be an excellent recruit for any Championship club.
If Millwall lose Cooper this summer, then bringing Hause back to South London would be a fine move.
Nedum Onouha would be a smart signing for Millwall
Millwall hunt on the bargain market and the former QPR captain would be perfect.
Nedum Onouha is currently on the hunt for a new club. The former QPR captain left Loftus Road this summer after six years at the club. The 31-year-old defender played 223 games for the club, always giving his all for the club but deciding the time was right to leave this summer.
Now he is available on a free transfer and many teams in the Championship and League One will no doubt be keen on the player.
One team who should definitely be keen are Millwall.
The Lions are coming off the back of a brilliant campaign in the Championship. Neil Harris led his side to a late play-off charge and they only narrowly missed out on a place in the top six.
This summer they will want to improve, but to do so is difficult given their financial situation. Millwall spend wisely in the transfer market. Relying on cheap signings and free agents this summer will be as tough as ever for Millwall to make wholesale improvements.
Which is why Onouha should be one of their targets. Capable of playing at right-back or centre-back he could be a great addition to the club’s already impressive back-line. Budging one of Shaun Hutchinson or Jake Cooper from a starting position would be tough for the experienced defender. But if Millwall want to sustain a challenge for promotion again next season strength in depth will be key.
If his wages are reasonable they could offer Onouha the perfect chance to remain in the Championship and remain in London.
This would be a perfect fit for both club and player.
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