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Brentford are on the verge of signing Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on a 4 year permanent deal as was hinted by Beesotted 10 days ago in our round up.

He is expected to have a medical at Brentford on Friday and will complete signing within the next few days.

The promising 22 year old England U21 midfielder will be familiar to Marinus Dijkhuizen for his time with Vitesse last season.

McEachran played 19 games for the Dutch team. They finished 5th in the Eridivise – behind Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV and AZ Alkmaar – and qualified for the Europa League.

McEachran was one of Chelsea’s hot young prospects a few years ago and was fully expected to break into the first team.  He played a leading role in England’s win in the European Under-17 championship.

He has also played Champions league football – Carlo Ancelotti bringing him on as a substitute in a match against MSK Zilina of Slovakia in September 2010.

Ray Wilkins, Ancelotti’s assistant at the time, made comparisons between McEachran’s left foot and that of the Arsenal legend Liam Brady. Stuart Pearce – his U21 manager at the time described him as a player with “ability and vision”.

A solid midfielder who is known to unlock defences with his close control, his preferred position is central or attacking midfield. But he has also played in a defensive midfield role as well.

He has spent the last few seasons doing the rounds on loan. Starting at Swansea – where he went to join up with ex Chelsea reserve manager Brendan Rogers unfortunately arriving at the club just in time for Rogers to leave to take the Liverpool job.

He also spent time at Boro, Watford and even made an FA Cup semi-final appearance for Wigan against Arsenal.

McEachran didn’t have the best time on loan – his time at Watford and Boro in particular were hampered with him being below the fitness levels required for 1st team Championship football. He also was played in an attacking midfield role.

But a ‘stunning’ season at Vitesse saw McEachran displace highly-rated Marco Vejinovic in the holding midfield role.

Vejinovic has just been transferred this summer to Feyenoord to for €3.5mill.

The capture of McEachran is seen as a massive coup for Brentford and, along with the signing of €2.2mill (£1.56mill) Danish international Andreas Bjelland, is seen as a real sign that the club is seriously starting to build for Premier League action.

He is expected to join the team on pre-season training in Portugal next week.

Check back on the Beesotted website and Beesotted Facebook over the next few days for our exclusive interview with new Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen.

 Billy Grant
@BillytheBee99