Exclusive: Millwall in battle with former boss for Foxes star

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STEVE LOMAS is going head-to-head with his predecessor Kenny Jackett to sign Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn.

Lomas has enquired about the England U21 international and is mulling over whether to make a firm bid.

But the Lions boss is currently being guzumped by Wolves head coach Jackett, who has put a package worth £500,000 on the table.

Waghorn, however, would prefer a move to The Den and is not keen on the idea of joining a League One club.

Championship rivals Bolton have also expressed an interest but the 23-year-old is fed up of sitting on Leicester’s bench and wants to play regular football – which he knows Millwall can offer him.

Lomas has made Waghorn one of his top striker targets and sees the former Sunderland trainee as an ideal foil for Steve Morison – but he may have to bide his time if he is to get his man.

The Foxes are cutting their astronomical wage bill this summer and with Waghorn well down the pecking order, an offer worth £500,000 plus add-ons may be enough to eventually prize him away from the King Power Stadium.

But manager Nigel Pearson wants to wait as long as possible before biting the bullet, meaning the current asking price, while it will fall steadily over the coming days and weeks, is too steep for Lomas.

And whether he is prepared to be patient remains to be seen. Another unknown quantity is Leicester’s new director of football, Terry Robinson, who has been tasked with bringing the club’s spending under control.

With Pearson’s position the subject of constant speculation, and Robinson assuming control of transfer dealings in recent weeks, Waghorn’s future could yet form part of an internal power struggle.

Where that leaves Millwall will become clearer over the next ten days.

Lomas has also contacted Bristol City over Steve Davies – another former Jackett target – although he can only afford to sign one of his striker targets.

Jackett offered £500,000 for the Robins talisman in January after Chris Wood’s departure but was turned down. However, the recently-relegated League One side would now accept a lesser fee.

Davies scored 13 times last season but his goals were not enough to keep City up. Born in Liverpool, he has also played for Tranmere and Derby County.