Exclusive: Chaplow nearing Millwall move after Lomas talks

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MILLWALL are closing in on the signing of former loanee Richard Chaplow.

The Southampton midfielder is scheduled to have a medical at the Lions’ training ground on Thursday following successful talks with manager Steve Lomas on Tuesday.

NewsAtDen revealed last week that Chaplow was on his way out of St Mary’s – and Lomas has moved quickly to verbally agree a two-year contract with the 28-year-old.

The former Burnley man was also wanted by Birmingham but has decided that his future lies at The Den, where he spent a brief spell last season.

Lomas stepped up his interest in Chaplow after talks with another target, Nicky Bailey, ground to a halt. But Liam Trotter’s injury, which will see him miss the start of the season, means that Millwall’s interest in the former Middlesbrough midfielder remains alive.

Lomas said yesterday: “We’re not going to bring in ten players before the start of the season but we’re probably looking to sign four or five.

“Martyn Woolford can play centre midfield – I’ve seen him play on the left of a three – and Jack Smith can play in there. It’s not like we’re desperate but we’re looking to bring in players that progress the team, it’s as simple as that.”