Millwall confirm appointment as Sunderland brace for £8m transfer bid

A former Millwall senior staff member has returned to the club.A former Millwall senior staff member has returned to the club.
A former Millwall senior staff member has returned to the club. | Getty Images
Millwall have had a busy week since the end of the Championship season.

Transfer talk at Millwall centres around Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga at the moment with the Lions believed to be working to bring the player back to the club after a successful loan spell.

However, there has also been business down internally at The Den with several departures and now appointments in the senior leadership team.

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Millwall feature alongside Watford and Sunderland in your Tuesday evening round-up.

Millwall confirm Fairbrother return

Millwall have announced the return of former Chief Financial Officer Mark Fairbrother to the club in the new position of managing director of non-football operations. The former Formula E vice president of finance returns to The Den having departed in October 2023.

The news comes after Millwall announced three internal departures last week. Chief Executive Steve Kavanagh, Director of Football Operations and Recruitment Alex Aldridge and Chief Operating Officer Billy Taylor all left the club.

Fairbrother has previously worked at Aston Villa and Gloucester Rugby before moving to Millwall for the first time in 2018.

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Millwall Chairman James Berylson said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Mark back to Millwall Football Club. Throughout his career, Mark has demonstrated his ability to successfully lead in various senior positions, and with that, he brings extensive experience, knowledge and ability.

“I have no doubt Mark will drive the club further forward both on and off the pitch in this new chapter.”

Serie A giants interested in Watford star

Serie A giants Inter Milan are believed to be interested in bringing talented Watford youngster Yaser Asprilla to Italy this summer.

InterLive reports the latest link as transfer interest around Asprilla continues to build. The 20-year-old was a bright spark for the Hornets this season having moved to the London club from Colombian side Envigado in 2022.

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Yaser Asprilla has attracted transfer interest ahead of the summer window.Yaser Asprilla has attracted transfer interest ahead of the summer window.
Yaser Asprilla has attracted transfer interest ahead of the summer window. | Getty Images

Catalan giants Barcelona had previously been linked with the midfielder, who still has two years left on his deal with Watford.

Sheffield United prepare £8m bid for Sunderland talent

Sheffield United are believed to have made Sunderland goalkeeper Anthony Patterson a 'first choice' transfer target this summer as the Blades prepare for a return to the Championship.

The 23-year-old shot-stopper is highly rated and has enjoyed an impressive season in the North East. The academy graduate has been linked with moves to Celtic, Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months according to the Sunderland Echo.

Sheffield United now join that race and are believed to be readying an £8 million bid for the goalkeeper - however, the Black Cats value their homegrown talent at somewhere between £10 and £15 million.

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