Reid set for Blackburn talks
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Lancashire club have long held an interest in the Republic of Ireland international, but the South Londoners rejected their previous offer of £2 million insisting it was well short of their valuation of the 22-year-old.
However, Graeme Souness, following the sale of Damien Duff, has now put in a fresh offer which The Lions have deemed acceptable.
Reid admitted he was keen to talk to Rovers, but hinted that a move to Lancashire was still far from certain.
"This is a good opportunity for me to go and talk to them and see what they have to say," the midfielder told Millwall's official website.
"There has been a lot of speculation, but something's happened and now I'm either staying at Millwall or I'm not.
"I've been at Millwall for 11 years and it's a long time. I've never really been away from London for more than a month or so, so it would be a big upheaval if I was to go and it is going to be the most difficult decision of my life.
"The chairman and manager have made it clear that they don't want me to go so there's no pressure on me to leave the club.
"It's a decision I'm going to think long and hard about and hopefully I'll make the right one."
Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis, while refusing to disclose the size of the offer, confirmed that Reid was now set for talks with the Ewood Park outfit.
"We have always been upfront with Steven and told him that we would keep him informed of any serious approach from a Premiership club," said Paphitis.
"Blackburn made an improved offer, and Steven has been given our permission to talk to them.
"This has been done reluctantly, but having given our word to him, we are honour-bound to keep it.
"Obviously we don't want Reidy to leave, but the decision is now up to him and his advisors."
Meanwhile, Lions boss Mark McGhee has dismissed reports that he has already decided to appoint Dennis Wise as first-team skipper next term.
Stuart Nethercott held the position last term, but with his future at the club still uncertain it had been suggested that Wise would be handed the job.
McGhee insists though that such talk is still premature, declaring: "I haven't made any statement about Dennis Wise at all.
"I think people just saw him playing in the pre-season game on saturday and have put two and two together."