Millwall’s star defender Jake Cooper has one year remaining on his current contract at the Den and is the centre of a bidding war between numerous Championship sides.
Last week, Football Insider reported that Scottish giants Rangers were keen to add Cooper to the first-team squad and have already made contact with the Lions hoping to complete a deal.
However, according to the latest report from Football Insider, Championship sides Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion are set to go to war with Rangers to secure Cooper’s signature.
The former Reading defender has been a stalwart under Gary Rowett during the experienced coach’s tenure but may walk away for free in twelve months, leaving Millwall with a tough decision to make.
Leeds United have had a poor start to the campaign, failing to win in their opening two matches, conceding three goals, and so Daniel Farke is looking to sign Cooper to bolster his defensive department.
Meanwhile, the Baggies sold Dara O’Shea to Premier League side Burnley earlier in the window. Cooper is seen as a replacement for the Republic of Ireland international.
The 28-year-old is currently on £10,000 per week at the Den, making him one of the club’s highest earners, as per Salary Sport.
Cooper also has a market value of £3.5 million, meaning Millwall could be tempted to accept an offer for the central defender to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.
Cooper is one of Rowett’s most important players and so the manager may refuse to sell a prized asset. However, given the chance of losing millions on him next summer, the board may interject and force a sale.
The 6’6″ centre-back will have to decide whether he prefers to stay in England’s second tier with a chance of promotion to the top flight or head to Scotland and play European football with Rangers.