Nottingham Forest will have to pay £9 million if they want to sign Millwall winger Jed Wallace, according to The Express.
Despite the 27-year-old having just six months left on his current deal, the Lions have slapped a staggering valuation on his head.
Wallace is currently nursing an injury. It was claimed at the weekend that a medical was due at Forest once his injury completely clears up.
Now, it’s being claimed that Wallace is valued at £9 million but that doesn’t make a deal of sense from a Millwall perspective.
Boss Gary Rowett has already claimed that he doesn’t want Wallace to leave on a free transfer.
With that in mind, it makes little sense to hold out for £9 million. There won’t be a single club willing to pay that this month and his contract will run down.
The report does claim that Millwall would be willing to do a deal. Perhaps that indicated that even they believe £9 million to be ambitious at best.
Wallace is a proven Championship performer. Leeds, Watford and Middlesbrough are thought to be provided Forest with competition for his signature.
Millwall valuation of Forest linked Wallace is absurd
Once upon a time, the Lions might have felt Wallace was worth £9 million. During the 2019/20 campaign, for example, he scored 10 goals and claimed 12 assists as the Lions flirted with a play-off push.
Now, they’ve got no chance. Clubs won’t be paying £9 million for a player who can leave for nothing in six months. Furthermore, it seems as though Wallace is keen to move.
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All is not lost for Forest. If a deal does come in that Millwall feel is reasonable, they should accept. It could take more than the £2 million currently on the table but it won’t be anywhere near £9 million.
Watch this space for Forest’s next move…