Millwall manager Gary Rowett has told South London Press that Derby County’s Mason Bennett is a player they have identified as the Lions look to bolster their squad.

Bennett’s contract at Derby expires in the summer.

A recent report in The Telegraph claimed the Rams are in talks with the forward over a new deal. It was suggested that a new contract agreement was close.

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But Millwall have since been linked with the player. And, speaking to reporters, manager Gary Rowett believes the forward could offer something different at the Den.

Mason is a player who I have worked with before at Derby and he is one of quite a few players we are looking at. Has he got good qualities? Yes. Is he a player who could give us something different? Yes, along with quite a few others. But he is Derby’s player and we’d always be respectful of that fact.

Bennett came through the Derby academy and made his debut in 2011.

The 23-year-old is predominantly a striker but found his best form for the Rams last season playing as a wide forward. He posted three goals and four assists in 33 games.

Injuries, however, have disrupted Bennett’s progress. He has made 89 appearances for Derby, yet incredibly he has only finished the full 90 minutes on two occasions.

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Millwall are currently two points adrift of the top six. Rowett may see Bennett as a potential cheap option who can offer both pace and power in the final third.

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