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Brentford have swooped to sign the Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ryan Woods in a deal believed to be around the £1m mark. Woods, who has already been dubbed the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ by some Bees fans, has come in for a lot of praise in the past couple of seasons, and his tenacious style is an ingredient that supporters have been calling out for since the departure of Jonathan Douglas to Ipswich Town.

Woods was singled out during The Shrews’ League Cup tie with Chelsea last season, and all Brentford supporters will be hoping that the following words will be repeated time and time again in a red and white shirt:

“Woods’s footballing intelligence wasn’t that of a League Two player, nor his technique. His ability to pick out a pass and make the right decision and then execute a ball well was impressive. He was up against Oscar in midfield and no word of a lie, I thought he didn’t look out of place alongside him. I thought, if both players were to swap teams, would you notice much of a difference? Now that is indeed some high praise and given his age, I fully expect him at a new club come the end of this season. The main challenge for Woods now is to maintain this level for the rest of the season.” The full article can be read here.

The transfer deadline is due to close shortly, with Brentford not thought to be adding to their long-weekend business (despite Tarki’s wind-ups on Twitter), in which they also secured the signatures of forwards Sergi Canos from Liverpool and Marco Djuricin from Red Star Salzburg.

Dave Lane