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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 08:30 GMT 09:30 UK
Millwall to sign Wise
Dennis Wise is expected to sign for Millwall on Tuesday
Wise is hoping to sign for Millwall on Tuesday
Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis has revealed he has agreed a deal to sign sacked Leicester City star Dennis Wise.

Wise met Paphitis and Millwall manager Mark McGhee on Thursday at a London hotel to settle personal terms.

But Wise's agent, Eric Hall, says the deal will not go through for a few more days because he wants to see if other offers come in for the former England midfielder.

Leicester terminated Wise's contract after he fractured team-mate Callum Davidson's jaw on a pre-season tour of Finland.

The Football League originally ruled that Leicester could only fine Wise two weeks' wages for the incident, but the decision was over-turned by an appeals tribunal on Wednesday.

Paphitis stepped in quickly and said: "Myself and Mark McGhee spent quite a few hours with Dennis.

"We had a long discussion about his past, his future, his present, and his conclusion was that he would love to join Millwall.

"We shook hands on the deal and he will hopefully be putting pen to paper on Tuesday after he's sorted out a few legal issues, which he is trying to clear up now, with regard to registration and things."


I'm sure our fans will adore him because he's exactly their type of player - enthusiastic, passionate, a winner
Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis on Dennis Wise

But Hall denied that a deal was imminent. "Dennis wants a few more days to think things over," he told BBC Sport Online.

"We want to get the best possible deal for Dennis. Things have moved very quickly with Millwall and we want to wait and see if we get a call a Premiership club, or even from Spain or Italy."

Paphitis admitted he had taken Wise's controversial departure from Leicester into consideration but believes he will prove a popular and successful figure at Millwall.

He said: "When a player ends up being sacked, or any employee ends up being sacked by another employer, you've got to look at that very seriously.

"It is no different in football than in any other walk of life - but that doesn't mean that person should not work again.

"I've known Dennis for a number of years and we are confident he can kick-start his career at Millwall."

Lions boss Mark McGhee said: "He will be coming to sign for us on Tuesday and we're delighted that a player like Dennis will be joining us.

"We have been on the case over the last two weeks but with his appeal going on we've had to wait.

"With the players that we have missing I think it is a massive signing. I think it is a bargain - Dennis is a quality player."

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