Transfer window watch: Albion and Millwall race for Williams

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Albion are competing with Championship rivals Millwall to sign versatile Irishman Shaun Williams from MK Dons.

The Seagulls and the Lions have both agreed fees of around £250,000 with the League One club for the 27-year-old Dubliner.

It is now up to Williams to decide which club he wants to join.

Albion need to sign a centre-half replacement for Adam El-Abd following his move to Bristol City last week.

They are also short of a midfielder, with Andrew Crofts ruled out for the rest of the season by a ruptured cruciate knee ligament.

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Williams, a left-footed set-piece specialist, made his name in Ireland as an attacking midfielder but has operated mainly in the centre of defence for MK Dons.

The former Republic of Ireland under 23 and under 21 international, their top scorer with nine goals, is out of contract at the end of the season so they want to cash in now rather than losing him for nothing in the summer.

Millwall believe Williams lacks the stature to be a central defender in the Championship. New manager Ian Holloway wants to use the ex-Everton and Burnley trialist as a holding midfielder.

Chief scout Mick Harford knows Williams from his time at MK Dons and the South Londoners are hoping that gives them the edge over Albion.

Holloway arrived back from Millwall's warm weather training camp in Portugal last night.

Williams' future should be decided by Tuesday, when Albion return to Championship action at Burnley and Millwall host Sheffield Wednesday.

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8:02am Sat 25 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away. mark by the sea
  • Score: -4

8:12am Sat 25 Jan 14

Hampshire Gull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
Don't think it's as easy as that. Maybe depends on whether it's Oscar who wants him & how Williams assesses his chances of regular first team football. If he chooses Millwall, likely to be on the basis he wants regular playing time not warming a bench!
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]Don't think it's as easy as that. Maybe depends on whether it's Oscar who wants him & how Williams assesses his chances of regular first team football. If he chooses Millwall, likely to be on the basis he wants regular playing time not warming a bench! Hampshire Gull
  • Score: 6

8:53am Sat 25 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

mark by the sea says...

Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.

'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket.
mark by the sea says... Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away. 'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 7

9:49am Sat 25 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

I agree...playing Table Tennis at the Emirates is definitely an issue to be resolved. ;-)
I agree...playing Table Tennis at the Emirates is definitely an issue to be resolved. ;-) Claude Back
  • Score: 1

9:59am Sat 25 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
mark by the sea says...

Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.

'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket.
Looks like we can sell quick enough! If we were selling players two weeks ago, we should have tracked targets.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: mark by the sea says... Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away. 'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket.[/p][/quote]Looks like we can sell quick enough! If we were selling players two weeks ago, we should have tracked targets. mark by the sea
  • Score: -3

10:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

Brighton tend to do their dealing behind closed doors. When the deal is done, we will know about it, not before. So we wall need a bit of patience I'm afraid. UTA.
Brighton tend to do their dealing behind closed doors. When the deal is done, we will know about it, not before. So we wall need a bit of patience I'm afraid. UTA. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 5

10:30am Sat 25 Jan 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

It's a "no brainer" for Williams is it not? Better stadium,huge attendances,new training grounds,more chance of promotion bla bla bla.Very useful for us as well because he could play the holding role in mid field if Liam goes and also a back up for the cb role.Also where would you prefer to live?
The deal to take Cattermole from Sunderland to Stoke has fallen through so maybe further delay in Liam moving there.
It's a "no brainer" for Williams is it not? Better stadium,huge attendances,new training grounds,more chance of promotion bla bla bla.Very useful for us as well because he could play the holding role in mid field if Liam goes and also a back up for the cb role.Also where would you prefer to live? The deal to take Cattermole from Sunderland to Stoke has fallen through so maybe further delay in Liam moving there. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 1

11:17am Sat 25 Jan 14

tinker111 says...

Why do we need 2nd class player will come in if at all to be 4th in line
Why do we need 2nd class player will come in if at all to be 4th in line tinker111
  • Score: -2

11:19am Sat 25 Jan 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
33 games and no goals! I don't think so -stick to table tennis!
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]33 games and no goals! I don't think so -stick to table tennis! SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

mark by the sea says...


B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
mark by the sea says...

Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.

'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket.
Looks like we can sell quick enough! If we were selling players two weeks ago, we should have tracked targets.

I'd say it was a racing certainty that we did 'track targets'. But as well should know there is a world of difference between tracking players and actually signing them.
mark by the sea says... B rian Tawses left foot wrote: mark by the sea says... Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away. 'Melt down' - you'd never think the team was 7th in the table - higher than under 'St Gus' this time last season. As for Pingpong at Arsenal - or any other player at any other club that albion might be considering, there are host of issues to resolved. Buying a player is not like a trip to the supermarket. Looks like we can sell quick enough! If we were selling players two weeks ago, we should have tracked targets. I'd say it was a racing certainty that we did 'track targets'. But as well should know there is a world of difference between tracking players and actually signing them. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 3

12:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
We might be looking at Frimpong, won't be buying him unless/until we sell Bridcutt though.
Gifted player who has had a poor attitude but maybe he is ready to mature.

Wouldn't say meltdown, but we are getting thin. Deals will be done, just 1 week to go and you know most deals finalise in the last few days when everyone knows there is no more time for a better deal to appear.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]We might be looking at Frimpong, won't be buying him unless/until we sell Bridcutt though. Gifted player who has had a poor attitude but maybe he is ready to mature. Wouldn't say meltdown, but we are getting thin. Deals will be done, just 1 week to go and you know most deals finalise in the last few days when everyone knows there is no more time for a better deal to appear. Baldseagull
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense.

Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense. Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
Questions need to be asked he he picks Milwall over us, this I agree with. When you look at facilities,location,
league position,it would appear we are in the driving seat. But don't underestimate the Holloway factor here, he will sell his club very well. Not so sure Oscar will have the same approach if indeed he has anything to do with it.
This is one thing I miss about Poyet, his enthusiasm for the game was infectious and potential signings I'm certain would have been impressed by it.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]Questions need to be asked he he picks Milwall over us, this I agree with. When you look at facilities,location, league position,it would appear we are in the driving seat. But don't underestimate the Holloway factor here, he will sell his club very well. Not so sure Oscar will have the same approach if indeed he has anything to do with it. This is one thing I miss about Poyet, his enthusiasm for the game was infectious and potential signings I'm certain would have been impressed by it. Alfie T
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Sat 25 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense.

Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it.
I think that the length of contract offered will decide where this player chooses to go. At 250K, and in the grand scheme of things, both clubs are spending peanuts to get this guy, so this is not marquee signing for either club. For us, and if promotion occurs, he would not be too expensive to move on at a loss if he is offered an 18 month or two year deal, we could sell him or buy out his contract. If we don't go up he would be a good cover option for next season.
Millwall won't be challenging for promotion this year, and maybe not next year either, so they might offer him three year deal, and that could clinch it. In terms of the FFP rules this is a very low cost signing that would suit both clubs.

To say that if he chooses Millwall over us questions need to be asked is a tad wide of the mark. This player might choose Millwall simply because we are challenging for promotion and if we get there, the player knows that his future with us will be short lived. He might opt for mediocre security with Millwall.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense. Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it.[/p][/quote]I think that the length of contract offered will decide where this player chooses to go. At 250K, and in the grand scheme of things, both clubs are spending peanuts to get this guy, so this is not marquee signing for either club. For us, and if promotion occurs, he would not be too expensive to move on at a loss if he is offered an 18 month or two year deal, we could sell him or buy out his contract. If we don't go up he would be a good cover option for next season. Millwall won't be challenging for promotion this year, and maybe not next year either, so they might offer him three year deal, and that could clinch it. In terms of the FFP rules this is a very low cost signing that would suit both clubs. To say that if he chooses Millwall over us questions need to be asked is a tad wide of the mark. This player might choose Millwall simply because we are challenging for promotion and if we get there, the player knows that his future with us will be short lived. He might opt for mediocre security with Millwall. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Brighton tend to do their dealing behind closed doors. When the deal is done, we will know about it, not before. So we wall need a bit of patience I'm afraid. UTA.
Grabban? Little secrecy there!
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Brighton tend to do their dealing behind closed doors. When the deal is done, we will know about it, not before. So we wall need a bit of patience I'm afraid. UTA.[/p][/quote]Grabban? Little secrecy there! Withdean-er
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked,
As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down.
We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.
If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense.

Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it.
I think that the length of contract offered will decide where this player chooses to go. At 250K, and in the grand scheme of things, both clubs are spending peanuts to get this guy, so this is not marquee signing for either club. For us, and if promotion occurs, he would not be too expensive to move on at a loss if he is offered an 18 month or two year deal, we could sell him or buy out his contract. If we don't go up he would be a good cover option for next season.
Millwall won't be challenging for promotion this year, and maybe not next year either, so they might offer him three year deal, and that could clinch it. In terms of the FFP rules this is a very low cost signing that would suit both clubs.

To say that if he chooses Millwall over us questions need to be asked is a tad wide of the mark. This player might choose Millwall simply because we are challenging for promotion and if we get there, the player knows that his future with us will be short lived. He might opt for mediocre security with Millwall.
To suggest a player who might opt for a side unlikely to be promoted in favour of one that has a good chance of promotion whether this season or next is just daft. This guy is no mug and I'm sure more than capable of handling the Championship, add to that the potential of a premiership experience with all that that brings, well you do the maths.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Could play in midfield this season, and move to cb next season, if this guy picks millwall over us, questions need to be asked, As for players critical of lack of progress with signings,... Lose a player today to injury and the squad will be in melt down. We should be looking at fringpong at arsenal... He wants away.[/p][/quote]If if if... "melt down" = hyperbolic nonsense. Time to get a grip, Mark. You are really losing it.[/p][/quote]I think that the length of contract offered will decide where this player chooses to go. At 250K, and in the grand scheme of things, both clubs are spending peanuts to get this guy, so this is not marquee signing for either club. For us, and if promotion occurs, he would not be too expensive to move on at a loss if he is offered an 18 month or two year deal, we could sell him or buy out his contract. If we don't go up he would be a good cover option for next season. Millwall won't be challenging for promotion this year, and maybe not next year either, so they might offer him three year deal, and that could clinch it. In terms of the FFP rules this is a very low cost signing that would suit both clubs. To say that if he chooses Millwall over us questions need to be asked is a tad wide of the mark. This player might choose Millwall simply because we are challenging for promotion and if we get there, the player knows that his future with us will be short lived. He might opt for mediocre security with Millwall.[/p][/quote]To suggest a player who might opt for a side unlikely to be promoted in favour of one that has a good chance of promotion whether this season or next is just daft. This guy is no mug and I'm sure more than capable of handling the Championship, add to that the potential of a premiership experience with all that that brings, well you do the maths. Alfie T
  • Score: 0

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