By George Overhill

22nd Jun, 2022 | 11:15am

Millwall boss Gary Rowett prepared to lose West Brom target Jed Wallace

Millwall manager Gary Rowett wants to keep West Brom target Jed Wallace but is preparing to move on without him as a decision on his future nears.

According to Express & Star the Baggies have tabled an offer for the 28-year-old and his future should become clear soon, although The Sun have reported a last-ditch attempt from new Burnley manager Vincent Kompany to hijack a deal, which may have delayed things.

As such, his current manager is getting on with planning as if he is going to lose the attacker this summer.

He told NewsAtDen: “At some point, he’s going to have to make a decision with what he wants to do with his future.

“My argument to that is that he’s a fantastic player. Of course we’d love him to re-sign for us, but at the same time we have to have our own plans and move forward how we want to move forward.

“We’d always be open to Jed re-signing.

“He knows where we are, we know where he is, and we’ll work incredibly hard to push forward with the other plans that we’ve got.

“I’m sure Jed’s got lots of other offers. He’s been made a really good offer by us, just to show desperation and ambition to try and keep our best players.

“He has to make a decision essentially. He’s out contract at the club and his future is up to him.

“We’re back tomorrow and we’ll have to start moving forward with what we’re doing.”

Tenterhooks

In what may prove to be a summer transfer window that isn’t exactly packed with signings the future of Wallace could have a big bearing on the Albion squad.

The fact that it has gone as far as this would suggest that the chances of him remaining at Millwall is pretty slim, as he surely would have already re-signed if he was prioritising that.

Without alternatives he might have stayed there, but with Steve Bruce keen and now Kompany joining the race he is presumably going to move on.

John Swift has already come in from Reading and if Wallace was also to arrive at the Hawthorns it would be quite a coup to land two of the Premier free agents in the division.

The club are battling this window but are at a disadvantage compared to some rivals without a huge amount of spending power behind them.

Swift was a strong signing, although they missed out on Joe Rothwell and face also seeing Darragh Lenihan go elsewhere, but landing Wallace would put a much more positive spin on proceedings over the coming months.

In other West Brom news, interest is growing in a hot Baggies prospect who could make a move this summer.