Millwall reportedly continue talks to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Matt Smith despite having bid rejected

Matt Smith of QPR scores their first goal past goalkeeper Matt Gilks of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road...

Millwall have been linked with Queens Park Rangers striker Matt Smith.

Matt Smith of QPR(L) celebrates his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers at St Andrews Stadium on February 18, 2017 in...

According to a report by West London Sport, Millwall are in talks with Queens Park Rangers over a deal to sign striker Matt Smith despite seeing an initial offer turned down.

It is reported that Millwall tried to sign the experienced striker during the January transfer window, and now they are pushing again this summer although QPR are seemingly holding firm on their asking price.

Millwall need to strengthen their squad this summer. After finishing just one place above the Championship relegation zone last season, Neil Harris’s side have since lost key first-team members.

 

Goalkeeper David Martin left to join West Ham United, while at the other end leading scorer Lee Gregory looks set to join fellow Championship side Stoke City with his contract due to expire at the end of June.

Steve Morison has also departed to join Shrewsbury Town on loan. It leaves Millwall with just Tom Elliott and Tom Bradshaw as the club’s only senior strikers, with the latter still recovering from a long-term injury.

Matt Smith of QPR and Lamine Kone of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in...

QPR striker Smith has plenty of experience. The 30-year-old has had spells at Leeds United, Bristol City and Fulham in recent years. In the past two seasons combined, he has scored a respectable 17 league goals.

Smith's contract at Loftus Road expires next summer. QPR boss Mark Warburton will be looking to shake up his squad, but it seems the Hoops aren’t willing to let Smith go unless clubs match their valuation of the player.

Matt Smith of QPR scores their first goal past goalkeeper Matt Gilks of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road...

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