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After weeks of speculation Adam Forshaw is “highly likely” to be leaving Brentford in the not too distant future.

Sources from both Wigan and Brentford indicate a deal is near completion and likely to take place before the transfer deadline next Monday.

With Jota and Toral joining Brentford’s ranks in the attacking midfield role, it was looking more and more likely the Forshaw gap was being filled, but there seemed no movement on the Forshaw deal itself.

Wigan initially put in two offers for the midfielder – £1.5m and £1.8m (these figures are both confirmed) – which were rejected outright by Brentford. Manager Mark Warburton accused Wigan of being disrespectful in the way they approached the transfer.

“If clubs are going to act in [a different] manner I can’t control that, but I would like to think we would never lower ourselves to act in such a fashion.

He’s the League One Player of the Year. Why would we sell to a rival club?”

The mood then shifted to the reality of … if Wigan accepted Brentford’s valuation (closer to £5m) then Forshaw would leave. A sell-on clause to Everton in the region of 50% meant any deal significantly less than that ‘would not be worth doing’ on the player – who still has two years left to run on his contract.

The talk on the terraces at the weekend was along the lines of ‘how would we shift things about if Forshaw were to stay?’… With Douglas playing out if his skin, Jota looking quality up at Blackpool, Tebar waiting in the wings … And Pritchard looking like the don dadda, Forshaw coming back into the side could actually mess with a settled side and the club’s solid start to the season.

The only way it would appear that Forshaw won’t go now, is if Wigan back down on paying what Brentford value Adam at, or he has a sudden change of heart and decides he doesn’t want to move to a team in a lower league position than Brentford.

On the flip side, Brentford are looking to make one more signing this window – bringing a centre-back into the fold.

We’ve bought a load of players in. And very few left Not bad work for one summer.


You can see Forshaw’s very last interview for Brentford – for Beesotted – by clicking here.