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Brentford broke away from their normal transfer announcement policy yesterday by running a news story from Mark Devlin, which announced that Brentford had accepted Wigan Athletic’s third offer for Adam Forshaw. The deal is not quite done and dusted just yet, but it would appear that it’s now just a matter of how much the player can shoehorn out of The Latics, how many Green Shield Stamps he gets per win and which gated five-bed new-build he wants.

Much has been written about Forshaw’s on-off move, so it will be good to put it behind us and move on… Unlike Walsall fans, who cried like newborns when we bought Will Grigg from them, apart from a statement of dissatisfaction from Mark Warburton about Wigan’s conduct, and murmurings and gripes regarding the disparity between the clubs’ valuations on social media, Bees fans have, thankfully, remained philosophically realistic about the situation. All good players will look for a move at some stage – potentially great ones certainly will.

Fact is, Forshaw has already been replaced… Brentford have not sulked, and have spent their time waiting for Wigan to ‘cough up or shut up’ preparing for the future.

The unfortunate thing is, however, that Forshaw has been a wonderful player for Brentford and has played a starring role in the club’s rise… He deserves a big-time move (not sure Wigan is quite that) and it is heartening to see our club will not stand in a player’s way, just as long as our valuation is met… Squad unity and a positive vibe is all-important. But did it really have to end like this?

Wigan’s antics have not helped Forshaw one bit… I’m sure the player cringed at seeing most of this deal being played out in the public domain… But this appears to be the Wigan chairman’s preferred style of business… Uwe Rosler doesn’t come out of this smelling of roses either.

Anyway…. Back to an outstanding player. On behalf all Bees fans we wish Adam all the best for the future… Thanks for giving your all for Brentford while you were with us, your part in the club’s promotion and progress will not be forgotten quickly.

Dave Lane