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Last gasp bids rejected for Northern Ireland midfielder minutes before transfer deadline

Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville is staying at Millwall after his side turned down very late deadline day bids.

Middlesbrough made two joint approaches for Saville and Jed Wallace on Thursday, news of the offers being rejected breaking just minutes before the window was due to close at 5pm.

Saville, 25, has impressed at the Den since arriving from Wolves for £500k last summer. He has also shone during his five appearance for Northern Ireland, even named as a starter in the crucial World Cup play-off second leg in Switzerland last year.

The London-born star was also said to be attracting interest from Leeds and Aston Villa earlier this week but it was said that Millwall wanted £750k in order to make a profit on the player.

The only way he could leave the club after the window shuts is on loan, with lower league clubs permitted to bring players in an temporary deals until August 31.

Saville qualifies to represent Northern Ireland through his grandparents. So impressive have his opening displays been, he is already seen as a key part of Michael O'Neill's midfield looking ahead, particularly with captain Steve Davis turning 34 this season.

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