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Ireland's Stephen Hunt

Ireland's Stephen Hunt

Ireland's Stephen Hunt

CHAMPIONSHIP side Millwall hope to seal a deal to sign Ireland international Stephen Hunt this week to aid their battle against relegation.

And his Ireland teammate Seán St Ledger is also on the verge of a move as he will sit down and discuss a loan spell away from Leicester City after a frustrating start to the season for the defender.

Hunt, 32, has been without a club since he left Wolves at the end of last season. He spent time with Blackpool but after that failed to yield a permanent deal he spent some time training with Millwall. Lions boss Steve Lomas is a fan of the Waterford native and is keen to bring in Hunt, but Lomas needs to complete the sale of another player before he can bring in Hunt.

A run of three successive wins last month had eased Millwall's relegation fears but a return of just one point from the last three outings – that point from a very creditable draw against QPR – leaves the Lions still in danger and with just 14 goals scored in 12 league games, Lomas is keen to add some attacking players.

Meanwhile, St Ledger – who had a spell at Millwall last season – will hold talks with Leicester boss Nigel Pearson this week about his future. The 28-year-old has managed just one league appearance for the Foxes this season as he was sidelined for the first part of the campaign with a knee injury, but though he's now back to full fitness he has been unable to work his way into the side.

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"I have not spoken to Seán about that," said Pearson of a possible loan deal for the Ireland man.

"I suppose he falls into the category of players who want to be playing but have had limited pitch time.

"As with a lot of our players, we will make those decisions based on whether we feel it is the right thing to do. We clearly have good competition for places in defensive areas at the moment.

"That is a discussion we will have before we start talking publicly about it.

"It is certainly something I am aware of and understand that players feel the need to get some games in."

St Ledger returned to the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan earlier this month, having missed out on the games against Wales, Sweden and Austria, but he was an unused sub in both games, and he will be keen to get some first team football under his belt ahead of next month's friendly against Poland in Poznan.


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