BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall are set to land QPR striker Matt Smith – ending a transfer chase which has lasted for three successive windows.
The South London Press has been told a deal is nearing completion.
The Lions were keen on a loan deal in January but could not agree a deal with the west London outfit for the 30-year-old.
But Millwall kept Smith high on their wanted list this summer as they look to revamp their forward line.
Top-scorer Lee Gregory has left for Stoke City on a free transfer while Steve Morison joined Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan.
It only leaves Tom Elliott as a targetman-type on their books but the former AFC Wimbledon man is also able to leave – provided any interested party can strike an agreement with the Lions.
Smith was also wanted by Millwall in 2014, when Ian Holloway was in the Den hotseat, but he ended up moving from Leeds United to Fulham for £800,000.
He struggled to hold down a regular starting berth in Slavisa Jokanovic’s side and was sold to QPR in January 2017.
Smith has scored 42 goals in 185 Championship matches but is also a huge aerial threat who provides chances for others and links the attack.
His contract at QPR had a year to run but the club were ready to move the forward on as they look to bring their wage-bill down.