MILLWALL CLOSE IN ON WARD
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lions boss Mark McGhee has been looking to strengthen his rearguard and Ward, who is out-of-favour at Vicarage Road, has emerged as the number one target.
The 23-year-old was tipped for great things before a serious knee injury back in 1998 hampered his progress and Millwall are ready to offer the star a fresh start.
McGhee has made it clear that a move for a player is in the pipeline and Ward is expected to be unveiled within the next few days.
"We have had a bid for a player accepted by the club concerned and we are currently negotiating with his agent," McGhee told the club's official website.
Ward spent three months on loan at QPR the season before last to recapture his fitness and form and seemed set for a permanent move to Loftus Road but then Hornets boss Graham Taylor wanted to keep the defender.
However new manager Gianluca Vialli recruited defensive duo Filippo Galli and Ramon Vega in the close season and Ward has found first-team opportunities restricted, seemingly paving the way for a transfer to The Den.