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Brentford seem to have wasted no time in starting their summer squad strengthening with the long-anticipated news that Gillingham defender John Egan is on the verge of having a transfer to Griffin Park rubber-stamped.

Brentford had a bid for the 23-year-old rejected back in January, but have clearly not given up on their intentions of landing the Priestfield crowd favourite.

Gills fan, Steve Miller, said of Egan; “He is a sensational player and will do very well for you…” with Gills manager, Justin Edinburgh, underlining the respect Egan has earned in this time with the club by saying; “I know John is an ambitious guy but it never affected his performances and I never held it against him. He goes with our thanks and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Although the player’s contract expires at the end of this season, because he is under 24 years of age, a compensation deal will have to be negotiated, as we saw with the Will Grigg transfer from Walsall three years ago.

Egan’s arrival, if rubber-stamped, will give Dean Smith more options at the back, with Harlee Dean, Yoann Barbet, Andreas Bjelland and Jack O’Connell in competition for the two centre-back slots – although this may not be our last defensive capture of the Summer.

Dean and Barbet had looked impressive together since the departure of James Tarkowski, with many fans considering the partnership as a huge improvement on what had come before – but competition for places, and strength in depth, is what will hopefully see us continue to compete towards the upper end of the division.

There are several more exciting transfers expected in the coming weeks, with confirmation of deals from other League One and Two clubs.

Dave Lane