Millwall stick to their guns over Bolton Wanderers loanee Liam Feeney
MILLWALL are sticking to their guns in a stand-off with Wanderers over winger Liam Feeney.
Lions boss Steve Lomas is still aiming to invoke a 28-day recall clause to take the on-loan midfielder back to The Den after this weekend.
Feeney had not started a single league game for the London club before his arrival at the Reebok and it is understood he wants to see out the full three months of his loan to in order to earn a permanent deal.
But Millwall are short of wingers after selling James Henry to Wolves and Lomas appears willing to gamble on taking an unhappy player back into the fold after his involvement in Wanderers home game against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Dougie Freedman said at the end of last week that he was not willing to be bullied into an early deal. But a fee has been agreed between the two clubs, which sources in South London claim is worth up to £350,000 with bonuses, the same fee Millwall paid Bournemouth two-and-a-half years ago.
Feeney has been a hit with the Wanderers supporters and Kevin McNaughton, who arrived on loan from Cardiff on the same week as the 26-year-old, is hoping a deal can be struck after the pair forged an effective partnership on the right flank.
“He’s a natural winger – probably an old style player who just goes at opponents with the ball,” he told The Bolton News.
“My strength is in defending so I suppose we complement each other, but he has worked back well too. That’s made my life a lot easier.
“Trying to back him up is a bit harder. There have been a few times he’s just bombed on and I couldn’t keep up with him.
“But he has been brilliant for us since he came in. He’s direct and has caused people a lot of problems. I have just concentrated on defending.”