By Sam Stone

15th Dec, 2022 | 2:40pm

Jamie Shackleton Leeds United exit to 'hinge' on Millwall transfer fee

Millwall are keen to sign Jamie Shackleton at the end of his loan move although it will depend on the transfer fee Leeds United ask for, according to Southwark News journalist Alex Jones.

The Lions have the option to buy the 23-year-old at the end of his temporary deal at The Den, and it remains to be seen if they will exercise the option.

Jones has suggested that it will depend on the transfer fee the Whites slap on the midfielder’s head, with Gary Rowett potentially looking for better value elsewhere.

“I’m sure Millwall would like to keep him because there’s undoubtedly potential for him to develop into a solid top-flight player, but it will really hinge on the transfer fee and whether they believe they can find better value in the transfer window next summer,” said Jones (Yorkshire Evening Post, 15 December).

Up in the air

The 23-year-old’s future is certainly up in the air, with Shackleton in and out of Millwall’s side at the moment. He was a constant during the start of the season but hasn’t started a game since 29 October. He’s at an age where he needs to be playing first-team football, and he will be looking to break back in Rowett’s plans.

It appears Leeds are happy for his future to remain away from Elland Road and they shouldn’t stand in the youngster’s way if he wishes to pursue a permanent exit. He only has 18 months left on his current deal in West Yorkshire, and it looks unlikely that he will be offered a new deal considering the club have given Millwall the option to buy the 23-year-old.

If Leeds are reasonable in their valuation of Shackleton, then there’s every chance the Championship club look to make his move permanent. He’s still young and has the opportunity to develop further in England’s second tier.

In other Leeds United news, Middlesbrough have reportedly dropped their interest in Cody Drameh