Millwall keen on summer centre-back signing amid rumoured interest in Portsmouth's Jack Whatmough

Millwall are looking to strengthen their centre-back options this summer amid their rumoured interest in Jack Whatmough.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 12:30 pm

The defender is heading for the Pompey exit door despite being offered a new deal to extent his stay at the club.

Whatmough is Danny Cowley's out-of-contract priority when it comes to the quartet who've remained in negotiations.

Tom Naylor, Ryan Williams and Ben Close have all been offered fresh terms along with Whatmough – but on reduced wages due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Whatmough, 24, won't be short of suitors, having proven his fitness this season after battling back from a third serious knee injury.

He made 37 appearances as the Blues' bid to reach the League One play-offs fell short.

Luton have been eyeing Whatmough, although Championship rivals Millwall are another club who're said to be keen.

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Dennis Goodwin

And the South London Press reports that the Lions will bring a central defender to the Den during the transfer window.

Gary Rowett is keen to utilise Ryan Leonard in his natural midfield role next campaign, having operated as a centre-half at times in 2020-21.

Alex Pearce has signed a contract extension but the 32-year-old's game-time is set to be limited.

A move to Millwall would see Whatmough reunite with former Pompey team-mates Jed Wallace and Ben Thompson.