Millwall could turn to Watford striker if Smith deal falters


MILLWALL are weighing up a move for Watford forward Mathias Ranegie as Ian Holloway steps up his search for new recruits.

The Lions manager remains determined to land his number one target, Leeds United’s Matt Smith, but has lined up Ranegie as a back-up option.

Ranegie, a Sweden international and former Udinese player, could be brought in on loan until January.

But Holloway will be patient in his pursuit of Smith, who is today meeting with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino to discuss his future at Elland Road.

Millwall had a bid turned down for the former Oldham frontman in June but may return with an improved offer before the close of the transfer window.

However, Smith is not the only option on the table and at 6ft 5in tall, Ranegie, who scored four goals in ten appearances last season, is being considered as an alternative.

The 30-year-old has claimed he will quit Vicarage Road if he doesn’t get more playing time this year.

His first-team opportunities have been limited by the goalscoring form of star striker Troy Deeney.

And so far this summer, the Hornets have snubbed bids from QPR, Burnley and Leicester City for their prized asset.

So with Deeney still a Watford player, Ranegie would be keen on a move to The Den.

Speaking last month, Ranegie said: “The status is if Deeney is sold, I am his replacement.

“Otherwise the club has agreed to find me a new club.”

In a separate development, Huddersfield Town attacker Sean Scannell has emerged as another player on Holloway’s radar.

The 23-year-old Croydon-born star can play down the middle or out wide and the Lions are interested in adding him to their forward options.

It’s believed that Scannell, a product of Crystal Palace’s academy, wants to return to London after making 73 appearances in two years with the Terriers.

Meanwhile, Millwall will this morning make a decision on the fitness of Nicky Bailey ahead of Saturday’s London derby at Fulham.

Physio Bobby Bacic has confirmed that the midfielder is in the final stages of his rehab after a calf injury, but a return next week might be more realistic.

“We need to decide whether we push Nicky or whether we give him more time,” Holloway added. “And I might not want to make changes to the team that beat Leeds.”

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