Bolton Wanderers could lose loan ace Liam Feeney as Millwall trigger recall clause
MILLWALL are planning to recall Liam Feeney in a fortnight unless Wanderers come up with a quick deal to sign him on a permanent basis.
A three-month loan was agreed for the winger on September 28 but the Lions have a 28-day option to take him back to The Den early.
Feeney has been a surprise hit at the Reebok since his arrival from South London where he had fallen well down the pecking order under Steve Lomas.
But The Bolton News understands that following the sale of James Henry to Wolves, the Lions boss is now plotting to take the rejuvenated wide man back into his fold after Ipswich Town’s visit to the Reebok Stadium on October 26 – unless Wanderers can strike a deal to sign him permanently in January.
Losing Feeney would be a blow for Dougie Freedman, whose side’s return to form has coincided with his arrival alongside fellow loanees Kevin McNaughton and Neil Danns.
It would be equally disappointing for Wanderers fans, who have been impressed by the impact the wide man has made with his direct style in his three appearances for the club so far.
Feeney is out of contract in the summer and has not voiced his opinion publicly on whether he would favour a permanent stay.
Speaking to The Bolton News after the 2-1 win at Birmingham, he was expecting to stay with the Whites for the duration of his loan.
“I am here for three months and beyond that I don’t really know,” he said. “It’s not in my hands. I have a contract until the end of the season but I am not trying to focus too much on it.”
Millwall paid Bournemouth £350,000 for Feeney two-and-a-half years ago but are highly unlikely to claw back that kind of fee.
As the selling party, Lomas knows his club are in a strong position and sources close to the Northern Irishman suggest he may choose to lose Feeney for nothing in the summer by calling him back to his squad to aid his battle against relegation.
Cash is also an issue – and while the Millwall boss is anxious to bring in his own men, finances are also tight for Freedman, who may need to move on some of his higher earners before Wanderers owner Eddie Davies would sanction taking on another salary.