Steve Lomas admits he hopes to keep Martyn Waghorn at Millwall on a permanent basis, due to his impressive performances on loan.
The 23-year-old has been at the New Den since September, and he has gone on to feature heavily for the Lions. His goal in the disappointing 5-1 home defeat to Derby County was his second during a temporary spell, in which he has made 12 league appearances.
Waghorn is due to return to parent club Leicester City following Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, and he will remain at the King Power Stadium until the window reopens in January, at which time Lomas hopes he will be able to sign the forward on a permanent basis.
“It goes without saying that I’d love to keep Waggy, but obviously that’s down to the chief executive and chairman,” he said. “He is in the prime of his career at 23 and is the type of player we want to keep around. I’ve told Waggy that we want to keep him.
“I want to take him full-time. That is the kind of deal we should be doing. He can play in various attacking roles – up front and out wide – so we would be mad not to want him. If he comes in and bangs in a load of goals, you could potentially sell him for a lot more money.”
Waghorn, who began his career at Sunderland and has also appeared for Charlton Athletic and Hull City, is out of contract at Leicester next summer.