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Millwall sign Bournemouth striker Josh McQuoid on loan

Striker Josh McQuoid
McQuoid had only scored one goal before this season

Millwall have signed Northern Ireland striker Josh McQuoid on loan from Bournemouth until 4 January, with a view to a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old, who made his debut in 2007, has hit 12 goals this season including hat-tricks in successive matches against Tranmere and Walsall.

Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell told BBC Radio Solent: "We had no choice but to let him go.

"One can't stop a player once he's made his mind up that he wants to go."

McQuoid, who earned his first full cap against Morocco this month, goes straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Preston.

Mitchell added: "I think Josh was heavily influenced by his agent. Both Eddie (Howe, manager) and I wanted to keep him.

"Eddie spent a lot of time last night trying to persuade Josh to stay. But Josh turned round and said he wanted to move with immediate effect.

"We couldn't take the risk of losing Josh for next to nothing in the summer when his contract expires. We had no choice but to let him go.

"We wanted him to sign a new contract with us, but obviously he declined that on the advice of his agent."

Millwall requested that the transfer fee remain undisclosed, but Mitchell said: "It was the best deal possible for the club at the time.

We don't want to use the club as a conveyor belt, but bigger clubs can pay bigger money and entice players away. We're hopeless to defend ourselves

Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell

"I think Josh will go on to bigger and better things, but it was the best we could do in the face of him wanting to leave.

"The true fans know that we don't want to sell assets. We want to build this club. We don't want to use the club as a conveyor belt, but bigger clubs can pay bigger money and entice players away. We're hopeless to defend ourselves."



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