McGhee braced for offers

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MARK McGHEE concedes he will struggle to hang on to the services of several of Millwall's young stars during the summer.

The Lions manager believes the current financial climate affecting Nationwide League clubs means it is inevitable players must be sacrificed to balance the books.

McGhee boasts a wealth of burgeoning talent at The New Den but feels the Premiership hawks may come circling at the season's end.

He admits he would be surprised if the bigger clubs do not come knocking on his door although he would be happy if there were no offers for his fledglings.

"We have got such good players I fully expect Premiership clubs to come in for them in the summer," said McGhee.

"The top clubs are looking for the quality they see in Steven Reid, Tim Cahill (pictured) and Paul Ifill. I would be surprised if they did not make offers.

"The top flight sides will have made their decisions already about who they want to make bids for. They will have decided by now who they want."

With Reid, Cahill and Irish striker Richard Sadlier suffering severely with injuries this season, McGhee reveals he has not had the opportunity to cash in on his assets.

If The Lions are forced into offloading members of the squad, McGhee laments it will go against the grain of the club's stance in recent seasons.

"Since Theo Paphitis became chairman, we have not been a selling club," McGhee added to the South London Press.

"But, like many other First Division clubs, we will now have to be prepared to wheel and deal in the market and that might involve selling one or two of our better players."