Brentford have some decisions to make ahead of the January transfer window. The Bees have the chance to bolster their squad and offload some players.
The Bees are currently 10th in the Premier League table. Here is a look ahead to next month....
Brentford have been linked with a couple of new goalkeeping additions over recent times. CalcioMercato report they are interested in AC Milan’s Mike Maignan along with Crystal Palace, whilst 17-year-old AaB goalkeeper Theo Sander is also on their radar according to TEAMtalk.
Thomas Frank’s side have already brought in Irish centre-back Conor McManus from Bray Wanderers. He may not be the only defensive addition, with the Daily Mail reporting that they are keen on Celtic’s Bosun Lawal. The Bees also eyed a swoop for Everton defender Reece Welch over the summer according to The Athletic.
Gazetta Dello Sport claim Brentford are keeping tabs on Lecce midfielder Morten Hjulmand and he could be seen as someone to add more competition in the middle of the park. They are already well stocked up with options in that position though.
Moving further up the pitch, Frank’s men have a few reported targets. Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser has emerged as potential addition, as per The Telegraph, whilst The Athletic say the London club remain ‘admirers’ of Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Kevin Schade.
Brentford could look to bring in some striking reinforcements this winter. The Sun suggest Blackpool’s Jerry Yates, who has scored nine goals this term, has caught their eye. Chicago Fire hotshot Jhon Duran has also been mentioned, as per CalcioMercatoWeb.
There could be a shake-up in their goalkeeping department with Thomas Strakosha said to be unhappy about his lack of game time. His agent Federico Pastorello has told TMW (via Football Italia): “He’s asked me to find a solution, let’s see, he’s one of those players who could be part of the goalkeeping market that will arise from [Bayern Munich goalkeeper] Neuer’s injury.
“We have our ears to the ground to listen to the opportunities that will come, I wouldn’t be surprised if something turns up in January also because Brentford themselves have understood the boy’s embarrassment in this situation.”
Number one stopper David Raya is apparently wanted by Ajax according to AS, whilst Tuttosport report Torino could try and lure Mikkel Damsgaard back to Italy already.
Brentford have a few fringe players who may head out the exit door to free up space in their squad. Out of favour centre-back Charlie Goode ‘may’ seek a loan exit to get some game time, as detailed in a report by The Athletic, whilst Fenerbahce reportedly want Halil Dervisoglu, as per Yeni Safak.
Defender Mads Bidstrup, who is on loan at Nordsjælland, spoke to Tipsbladet a couple of months ago about a possible switch to FC Copenhagen: “I am of course happy that I am being linked with a big club like FC Copenhagen. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not really concrete for me. It’s people talking, so I can’t really relate to that right now. Firstly, I am on loan at FC Nordsjælland and secondly, I am still under contract at Brentford.”
“I’m insanely happy up here and in Brentford. So my first priority is to do as well here so I can play my way into a Premier League club.”