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Matt Mills refuses to hand in transfer request

Wolves target Matt Mills has held talks with Reading and has decided against handing in a transfer request.

Mills has 12 months remaining on his current contract and has been offered a brand new deal by Reading, which is thought to be worth up to 20,000-a-week.

With Reading still wanting 4million if Mills decides against signing a new contract and Wolves apparently not willing to budge from 3million, our hopes of signing the 24-year-old defender look unlikely.

However it isn't all bad news.

Sources close to Mills have told the Express & Star that if we can agree a fee, then we are his first choice move.

Previously it wasn't clear who Mills favoured in regards to Stoke, Blackburn and us and yesterday Leicester also made a move for Reading captain.

But if this claim is true then the only sticking point is a fee and once we've cracked that, Mills should be on his way to Molineux.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 30 2011

Time: 11:00AM

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time is ticking away... with a number 1st team players leaving one would think replacements would be imminent... I just hope there's no nit-picking over small print and we end up missing out on our preferred targets and end up panic buying - or atleast not getting anyone in at all
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30/06/2011 12:20:00

Its narking me BIGTIME off that a championship defender is the only god dam defender we are linked with ! , I dont want an unproven player as none of us do , yes we want young english or british players but actually i want just 1 signing no matter where he is from to make me lick my lips with excitement , Bassong would do that or Bougherra , but i see Blackburn are weighing up a 6 million move for Onouha from City , LETS BEAT THEM TOO IT , hes a class act !
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30/06/2011 14:30:00

Do we need these defenders? Which defenders? Good point, Oddjob. Will it be back to 'cut out the mistakes' once we're off? If that problem persists, we might as well stick to the lot we have got. I do not know whether this is a problem or not: Mr. Morgan seems determined to bring in new ones (that's okay), but, failing to get the ones targeted, will it then be panic buying for any defender before the transfer window closes?
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30/06/2011 15:02:00

Well, as promised I visited Vital Reading and Y-19 Royal was kind enough to share the following regarding Matt Mills........ "Personally, I do rate Mills highly. He has come along so well the past few months, as before he showed some signs of vunrability but apart from that, top class. Big, strong and has that crucial element of aggression that the best centre halfs have. Also a fantastic leader on the pitch, I'm still suprised he hasn't struck a referee yet considering how much he argues with them! On your point of making the step up, I'm not sure. I suppose he is at the tender age of 24, when I would say the majority of centre backs reach their peak at around the 30 mark so its about giving him time. At this moment in time I don't think he is ready but in a few years time, I think the Prem could come as bread and better to him. I think the 4m valuation is fair considering he is our captain and such a key player. If you do sign him, I wish him and you guys the very best of luck this season. I think I am one of the only people that rates Mick McCarthy as a manager, very shrewd man. Glad to see Doyler and Hunt doing well for you guys! So, straight from the source and hardly music to the ears amongst those of us who are concerned the player is unproven at PL level. As I said in my reply however, we need two central defenders and whilst there has been 'talk' of Johnson and Bassong we are unlikely to splash out for both. Considering we have let Mancienne and now Mouyokolo go it seems certain we are going to indeed sign two. I imagine that continuing to balance we are not going to push the boat out spending upto 16 million on the two players mentioned above, more likely we are prepared to pay 8 for one, and close to 4 million for Mills. The left back void still needs filling and the talk continues of our interest in brining in another midfielder. I hear you OddJob- it is becoming depressing reading the papers each morning. I do believe though that the next signing will spark the third, fourth and fifth. I think our business will be tied up quickly but it probably needs that first signing to show other targets we actually mean business and for ourselves as a club to know which one we go for next.
New York City Wolf
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30/06/2011 15:40:00

mathew upson a better signing at this point
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30/06/2011 21:19:00

Based on a free compared to spending 4 million? perhaps so. I think Mills has a good future ahead of him but do we have to be the club to iron out the mistakes? I rate Upson- it is upto the club to dictate whether they are going to go down that road for the sake of a couple hundred thousand here or there on the players they really want or whether they want to sign players who will walk through the door knowing full well they were second choice. I have said all along that there has never been a better time than now to stamp our authority on this malarky. They either want it or they dont. In my opinion if we threw the pounds up in the air to bring in Johnson and Bassong for probably 15/16 million we would cake walk to at least 12th.
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01/07/2011 02:33:00

I reckon that if Mills wasn't our first CH signing(Jody aside!), i'd feel more comfortable about having him.If we had one of the others in the bag, he might seem less of a risk.Of the names mentioned Johnson or Bassong being first in would be far more inspiring than Mills in first.No news isn't good news either. That saying should be scrapped. No news is a pain
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01/07/2011 08:54:00

So Leicester have apparently had 4mill accepted by Reading. That means it's now 4mill plus to get him.That's a walk away price then.I got the feeling the consensus on here was that we were trying to meet them between 3 and 4. Over 4 is a different thing all together.
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01/07/2011 09:01:00

Spot on. I have little interest in Leicester and cartoon Sven, so I have no idea where they have got all their money from but let them spend it. I don't think they will tempt Mills- if he can't get a move to the PL he has more chance of getting there with Reading. If the valuation is 4 million and we offered 3 you figure they start high we start low 3.5 would have sounded about right but holding out of 4 million on a player who's contract is up next year? If they hold firm and he is that important to them then good for them but they are playing a dangerous game if they are effectively holding back a player who has made his intention to leave. Based on the feedback from Vital Reading I shan't be crying into my beer if we don't get the player. If we do we do, but having lost out on Gardner over wages the club needs to have a good think about how badly they really want their major targets and how serious they are about furthering our development.
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01/07/2011 14:17:00

A season ticket is a hefty investment, especially if someone wants to take their kid(s). The club could not have asked for better attendances so match that investment and push the boat out a little bit. Premiership status must have brought us 50-60 million over the past two years. The club should not under any circumstance end up in a third relegation battle and unless they bring 3 quality defenders in they are going to struggle again, simple as.
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01/07/2011 14:22:00

Been told by my sister as ive said her connections are strong through her old boss who was the money man at Stafford and Bully was manager that Gardener was never a Wolves target , they are after defenders obviously and O'hara was the only middle man they wanted , but she says everyone is tight lipped on names so maybe that means they are big names ? or they dont want the names to slip and then fail in getting them ! hahaha
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01/07/2011 19:21:00

If we sign 2 CB's and one of them is Mills, then fine as long as the other has proven credentials. If he is the only defensive signing, then yet again we have to trust to luck. That said, If we only make 1 signing I would prefer him to Upson or Dunne, but not Johnson or Bassong...Johnny Evans...not sure about.
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03/07/2011 15:49:00

Just been told Blake plus 7 million on its way to Blues for Johnson and Keane to be S.E.B's replacement !
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03/07/2011 17:28:00

Well those replies tie up nicely. OldGold I agree that if Mills is the only signing we are taking a big gamble; never know- this time next year he may well be celebrated as the best young defender in the division and worth at least twice as much. From what I can gather Ferguson has ruled out selling Evans (?). At this point I would be more than happy to take either Johnson or Bassong, I think either would greatly improve things. Oddy- if that actually happens then we shall just install you as the one and only transfer guide. I won't even discuss transfers! Promise. Would I take the scenario? Not sure- we would be paying around 10.5 for Johnson if that were the case. Blake can score so we would be giving up a player still with ten years ahead of him and replacing him with one at the tail end of his career. What are peoples thoughts on Keane? His record speaks for itself. The mutual appreciation shall never die but I must admit if not the moves, then the comments 'always supporting Liverpool/CEltic etc' may take the gloss off any homecoming. Surely at this point in his career Keane has to wonder how he wants to be remembered. A year at Bolton? The next at Blackburn? He could do a lot worse than seeing out his career right where it started.
New York City Wolf
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04/07/2011 01:46:00

Jol at Fulham means Murphy maybe heading out!!,is he heading to the west midlands maybe......mmmmm,time will tell,you saw it here first remember.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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04/07/2011 07:44:00

I think 7mill plus SEB is paying over the odds for Johnson. I'd agree that it equates to between 10 and 11 mill in cash. To a championship club he's good for 20-30 goals a season, if fit.If Leicester's bid for Mills is to be believed, then how much would they be prepared to shell out for as prolific a championship goalscorer as Blake?And if he goes and Doyle and Fletch get crocked? Valuing him at 3mill to a championship club seems like under rating him, whilst at the same time giving the Blues their asking price, which I think we were mostly agreed was over the odds.I'd like Johson but if we're going to get shut of SEB, then let the bidding commence and the market can get us full whack for him.
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04/07/2011 08:29:00

Well if it does turn out to be true he must take a big cut in wages , thats the only thing thats putting me off what I have been told as im pretty sure our wage limit is 35-40k a week and he must be on double that at Spurs , Well if they replace SEB with Keane all4 then its a no brainer dont you think , Blake is worth 4 tops in my book , if we sold him for 3 we would double our money on him so realisticly we are only paying 8.25 for Johnson if that happens !! , Danny Murphy is too old now , O'Hara is a better player , takes a cracking free kick , range of passing and a lot fitter !
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