Are West Ham about to bid for Millwall starlet Mahlon Romeo?
Could West Ham be about to poach the young right back from their bitter rivals?
Since getting into the starting eleven last year due to injury, Mahlon Romeo and Millwall have never looked back. Jazzie B’s son has six caps for Antigua and Barbuda, after some excellent form towards the back end of last season.
Injuries to Shaun Cummings and Carlos Edwards left Millwall with only one fit right back, the inexperienced Romeo. Harris decided to give the youngster a chance, and he scored on his debut for the South London club. He continued to perform throughout the remaining games, and only suspension allowed former Sunderland man Edwards to regain his place.
However, Edwards was released over the summer, and Jamaican Cummings was still out injured, so Romeo kept on playing. He has been one of the Lions’ better players in what has been, in truth, an awful start to the season for last season’s beaten play-off finalists.
The former Arsenal academy graduate’s form has not gone unnoticed as Millwall’s biggest rivals West Ham prepare a bid said to be in the region of £1,500,000. Millwall’s game against Fleetwood was the third time this season that West Ham had sent scouts to watch his performances, and they are rumoured to have liked what they have seen.
Will Romeo leave?
At Millwall, if he continues to perform, Romeo is almost guaranteed a first team spot. At West Ham, is he really going to get the same amount of game time? At 21, it is all about playing and improving, and his opportunities could be much more limited at the London Stadium. If he moves, it is likely to be more about money as the Premier League side can obviously afford to pay him much more than League One Millwall.
Is £1,500,000 a good price?
For West Ham, one and a half million is a good price for the young full back. He has shown his quality in the past six months, and has bags of potential to play in the higher leagues. With the way prices are in today’s market, Millwall will hope to get more money for their international. Having got six caps already, and nailing down a spot in the Millwall starting XI fans will surely think that they should be holding out for a figure closer to two and a half million.
By Lucas Ball