Orient lead chase for Millwall striker John Marquis

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HITC Sport understands Millwall striker John Marquis is poised to leave the club on loan with several sides chasing his signature.

Leyton Orient are leading the race to sign Millwall striker John Marquis on loan, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Marquis has found himself down the pecking order in Neil Harris' plans this season with the forward being restricted to a role off the bench.

The 23-year-old, whose only two starts this season have come in cup competitions, is keen to go out on loan in a bid to be playing regular first-team football.

Marquis spent the second half of the season with the Gills, scoring eight goals in 21 appearances.

Gillingham were keen to sign Marquis on a permanent deal in the summer, but Millwall prevented the move from happening by offering Marquis a new deal which would meant Gillingham would have been forced to pay compensation for the forward's signature and in the end he signed a new one-year contract at the Den.

League One duo Scunthorpe and Chesterfield have made enquiries have Marquis, but Millwall prefer not to loan out the hit-man to one of their rivals.

That has put Leyton Orient in pole position to land Marquis with Orient boss Ian Hendon keen to bolster his attacking options as he looks to end a slump in form which has seen the League Two promotion hopefuls fail to win in their last six games in all competitions.

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