Jed Wallace transfer update imminent as Gary Rowett updates on West Brom target

Jed Wallace is set to make a decision on his footballing future imminently – but remaining at current club Millwall is not entirely out of the question for the West Bromwich Albion target. Wallace, 28, has been at the New Den for six years and has racked up more than 250 appearances in that time, contributing to 90 goals in the process.

The Lions finished above Albion at the end of the last Championship season, a campaign in which the Baggies suffered their lowest league finish in 20 years. Wallace, a right sided winger, is out of contract as things stand and is set to leave East London in the coming days unless he agrees to fresh terms.

Wallace has refused to rule out, previously, the prospect of remaining at the Den, where he is adored by the fanbase and admired by his teammates and the coaching staff. the former wolves and Portsmouth man has, this summer, got married and ventured abroad on his honeymoon – and it’s left a host of interested clubs back home waiting on his call.

Albion are one such club who are known to be interested in Wallace, having already made, on paper, an impressive free agent capture in the form of John Swift who left Reading. Nottingham Forest wanted him in January, though it remains to be seen whether their clinching promotion – and likely revising of transfer targets – changes their plans.

Besiktas, now managed by former Albion boss Valerie Ishmael, have also previously been linked, while Burnley – back in the Championship and now managed by Vincent Kompany – have emerged as the latest side to show an interest. As Albion return for pre-season training, a decision is expected from Wallace and his representatives of him in the very near future.

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“I’ve never lost sight of that and didn’t jump ship at the first chance,” Wallace said of his Millwall spell. “Now I am getting married. I always said from February/March time, I wanted to finish the season – see where Millwall finished, get married and then think about what I am going to do after that. That’s not really changed.

“What I will say is I have loved my time at Millwall and if that carries on I am more than happy with that.”

Speaking previously of interest from Turkey, Wallace has admitted that playing at the highest level – be that in England or on the continent – has forever remained an ambition that he has harboured. Now that he is 28, his next big career decision – whether that’s staying put and agreeing to a new deal or moving on – will be key to what he hopes to achieve.

“I think people think sometimes you want to move so you can get a few extra quid in your pocket but it’s not like that for me,” he explained. “If it was I’d be on a flight to Istanbul. I’ve never made it a secret that I want to have a chance in the Premier League.

“I was playing with one of my close friends Conor Coady for Wolves in a pre-season friendly at Port Vale and now he captains England. I believe I can do it. I want to play at the highest level I can – whether that is with Millwall. I dreamt of that happening with Millwall. Millwall have been class all the way through.

“They have never put any pressure on me. The manager has been top drawer. I’m a huge admirer of the chairman. He has changed my life – for me and my children. He is a great man, but now I’m going to get married and see what happens. I’ll just keep trying my best.”

Millwall boss Gary Rowett, meanwhile, has admitted that they’ve done all they can to convince Wallace to remain at the club and to spearhead another playoff push, a push which they just came up short in last season. An offer has been made to the winger, and it’s been left at that – but Rowett will need to know soon with pre-season on the horizon.

“At some point, he’s going to have to make a decision with what he wants to do with his future,” he told the News At Den. “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 contracted at the club and his future is up to him. We’re back to tomorrow [Wednesday] and we’ll have to start moving forward with what we’re doing.”

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