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Millwall set to beat Leeds United and Bristol City in race for highly-rated full back

Millwall have entered formal talks with highly-rated Fleetwood Town right back Conor McLaughlin ahead of a proposed move to The Den, according to London News Online.

McLaughlin earned plenty of plaudits last season, picking up the right back spot in the League 1 Team of the Season following an impressive season that saw the Cod Army make the play-off semi-finals before losing out to Bradford City.

Since joining Fleetwood from Preston North End in 2012, the Northern Irish international has made 172 appearances for the club throughout their meteoric rise up the Football League and nailed down a starting spot for both Fleetwood and the Northern Ireland national team.

Millwall boss Neil Harris commented on the move, stating: “We have spoken to Conor’s representatives. We know his attributes from last season. He is the sort of calibre and quality of player that we’d be interested in.”

Despite being offered a new deal by Fleetwood, McLaughlin is yet to sign and has expressed his desire to move on to greener pastures and join a Championship club.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the month, the 25-year-old will be available on a free transfer and has been attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs.

As well as Neil Harris’ Millwall, Championship giants Leeds United have also been looking at the former Shrewsbury Town loanee, who would provide solid cover for Luke Ayling on the right side of the defence.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is also interested in McLaughlin, but it looks like Millwall are set to snap up another League 1 full back, after already sealing a deal for James Meredith of Bradford City.


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