Date: 21st January 2016 at 8:35am
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With manager Neil Harris making no secret of the fact that we had made a permanent offer to Newcastle United for midfielder Shane Ferguson it seems the fact that Newcastle were prepared to extend the deal for another month may have been a tide over period whilst negotiations continued.

Sky Sports have been reporting that we remain in discussions with his parent club over both a further loan extension under the end of the season or alternatively, and preferably, a permanent deal before the January transfer window closes.

Following the earlier extension after previous talks, his spell again ends this coming weekend following on from the game away to Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium, and Sky have their usual sources saying that talks continue about the 24 year old.

They don’t however have an indication on whether Newcastle are open to either suggestion.

Having made 27 appearances for us so far though, scoring twice, he only has 32 first team appearances for the Geordies and his contract does expire this summer, so surely that has to play in Millwall’s favour.

It does appear from the gaffer’s words though that we aren’t leading the discussions, it’s more the player and his representatives.

Harris quoted as saying.

‘Again, nothing has changed on our end, we`d like to keep the boy. It`s down to Newcastle and his representatives to strike a deal to enable Shane to come. I`m quite strong in my stance that I need to see some progress with it. If not I need to move on and find alternative options. The beauty of Shane is that he plays at left-back and left wing and is comfortable in both positions. We`ve a light squad and there`s definitely space down the left-hand side for somebody with directness and who can deliver the ball to come in and give us that option.’

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