Derby County loanee Scott Malone is reportedly close to agreeing a permanent switch to Millwall this summer.

Malone joined the Lions on a season-long-loan at the beginning of the season, returning to the Den where he had previously spent three years as a player between 2012 and 2015.

The loan spell has been hugely successful with Malone virtually ever-present at left-wing-back, providing five goals and two assists in 40 Championship outings so far this term.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett had kind words for the 30-year-old after his first-half strike contributed to their 4-1 triumph over Bristol City on Saturday: “Scotty’s been excellent for us and he’s one we’d like to get tied up.

“I think we’re quite close. With a few more goals elsewhere in the team we’d have been even higher this year. He’s done his bit and he’s been fantastic.”

With Malone’s contract with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County set to expire in the summer, the move should not be too complicated to finalise. Although the Birmingham-born left-back will have undoubtedly impressed other clubs with his performances for Millwall this campaign, the player is thought to be comfortable at The Den.

If it went through, it would end a three season spell with The Rams in which Malone broadly failed to establish himself as a bonified first-team starter.

However, the move would at least guarantee another season of Championship football for Malone with The Lions sitting comfortably in mid-table.

Meanwhile, his parent club Derby are gearing up for a final-day winner takes all showdown against relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday next weekend.

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