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Beesotted contributor Billy Taylor scours the internet to dig up the latest Brentford related gossip from Twitter, Facebook, the Griffin Park Grapevine (GPG) and more.

The last few days has seen many twists and turns in the world of Brentford. We cover transfers , potential FA cup glory and the visit of  magpies to Griffin Park.

Transfer updates

It appears to be the Scott Hogan transfer saga is going to drag on and on. It appeared that there was a presumption that the Brentford forward would be on his way to West Ham before the weekend but that may no longer be the case.

As the Hogan deal to West Ham has seemed to have stalled, it seems that Hogan has had a few sniffs from other clubs in and around the Premier league. In a twist to the tale, .














There was much discussion on the Beesotted Pride of West London Podcast (below) this week on transfer wranglings, how much money Brentford have spent and gained in the market over the past few years and Newcastle Fan (and Football Supporters Federation boss Kevin Miles) gave his views on how Brentford would fare against a Jonjo Shelvey-less Newcastle at the weekend.

Assuming Hogan goes (and yes we know never presume. But normally there’s no smoke without fire) we’ve been looking around at the potential replacements for if the Brentford man left.

It was reported earlier in the week that Sam Winnall was being lined up as a replacement for Hogan but a move to Hillsborough means Brentford will have had to take there search elsewhere.

If Matty Taylor is the man for the Bees, the fans have being giving a positive response to him ….

EastBristolBee7: Actually not unlike Scott Hogan, would be happy with this if the price is right .

The Beast: Yes i live in bristol to seen him play quite a few times . I think he would step up no problem

SussexBee91: Seen him play a couple of times. Very quick and likes to sit on the shoulder of the last man like Hogan, alright on the ball. Fits a similar profile to Hogan, at 26 will we look for more development potential and future market value? Also was out of contract in the summer would have thought he would of stepped up a level then.

Brentford fans are hoping that Sergi Canos returns to Griffin Park – despite interest from Bristol city and Leeds.

The Spaniard, who showed his enthusiasm for a return to Griffin Park by liking a number of tweets praising him from Brentford fans, seems to have had his knuckles wrapped by the powers to be at Norwich – with many of the tweets being since unlike.

Meanwhile the world seems to be impressed that Brentford have signed the grandson of Brazilian World Cup winner Garrincha – Henrik Johansson – from Halmstads Bollklubb.



































Alan Judge is another name that has popped up. The Irish talisman’s contract runs out at the end of the season and as he is still yet to sign a new one – leaving him free to leave in the summer for free 12 months after a £6m deal was agreed between Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday (which never happened for various reasons).








Dean Smith :“The club just want to help Alan get fit, we want to get him back on the training ground. We’re not looking to make money on him, we just want him fit and functioning.”

“He’s been a big part of the club before he got that unfortunate injury, and we all just want to see him back.

“I think he will be here until the end of the season, and hopefully will get a dozen or so games in for us before then.”

IDontBeeLieveIt : I’ve resigned myself to him going for nowt (or next to nowt). A great shame but the comments from the club make it sound like they know it’s game over in all likelihood.

Jlove: Handling it with great integrity is absolutely correct! The medical, conditioning, analysis and coaching teams seem to be entirely focused on getting Judge recovered and to the best position that he can be. That is best for the player and best for the Club. If it makes him a valuable commodity at the end of his contract, so be it, we have treated the player in the best possible way while he is contracted to us. If it means he feels his best move is to sign a contract extension, then we have done everything we can to make him feel that way.

These things get noticed in the “football village”, similarly the way Macleod, Hogan (probably) and Jota have been managed by the club. It matters when we are trying to attract young players who have the choice of a number of clubs.

Newcastle are in Toon

The attention turns back to the pitch as Brentford entertain title favourites Newcastle United to Griffin Park. The Geordies currently sit second in the Championship table and have a formidable squad to chose from. But a recent wobble in form and the suspension of midfield maestro Jonjo Shelvey may have given some bees fans a sense of optimism.

Ruislip Bee: 2-0 Tom Field ghosting in Martin Peters stylie unmarked and nodding in one and side footing the other. Hogan remains on the bench.

Aussie Bee: Reckon we will be on fire playing a new systems without hoges – 3-1

Dean Smith shares the optimism.

Does the confidence amongst the fans come from the 100% start to 2017 or is it the fact Hogan is still currently a Brentford player? …

Meanwhile, it’s not just the Newcastle match that seems to be getting people excited – with Brentford playing Aston Villa, Brighton, Chelsea and Bayern Munich over the next four weeks.


















For all Bees fans who were eager to know, the club have released further details on tickets for the FA Cup match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

We now go into the weekend and turn our attention back to the pitch. Can Brentford grab an unlikely win against Newcastle to maintain their 100% start to 2017. Will the transfer window throw up some more suprises?

Who knows

Exciting times ahead …

Billy Taylor