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After days of rumours, the news is officially out …. Moses Odubajo has had a release clause in his contract activated which allows him to leave Brentford …… if he wants to.

News had been circulating for days that Hull City had put a bid in for the defender cum midfielder thereby activating the release clause.

This news has now been confirmed by Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen.

The clause, which initially gives Brentford a £3.5m buy-out fee, has now been activated with Brentford now given 21 days to find a buyer to match or beat Hull’s initial bid for the player (which is on top of the buy-out fee).


With the clause now being activated, any move is out of Brentford’s hands bar trying to find the highest buyer.

Saying that, the fact that Hull have activated the clause still doesn’t mean that Odubajo will leave. Brentford rate the defender/midfielder highly and don’t want him to leave. They have shown a lot of faith in the young lad and no doubt hope that that their faith in him would be repaid over the next few years.

Rumours earlier in the summer linked Odubajo to Everton. But these died down very quickly. However, at Beesotted we thought it was all too quiet on the Western Front – and needless to say come August 1st, all hell has broken loose with Stuart Dallas also destined to move to Leeds within the next few days.

This situation comes as no real surprise to many Bees fans. Odubajo was linked with a move to the Premier League last January window but nothing materialised as The Bees were able to keep hold of him for their Championship promotion campaign.

And with Brentford getting itself a reputation for finding and developing quality under-the-radar talent, more and more clubs have been monitoring our transfer activity .

And with FFP looming, the club has been bracing themselves for a ‘bigger’ (i.e. richer) club poaching our talented players for while now – with Brentford unable to match the wages of Premier League clubs and Championship clubs with bigger budgets and large parachute payments (more to come on this subject on Beesotted within the next few days).

With Odubajo playing for England U20s (and vying for a place in the U21s), there will be no shortage of takers for the versatile, talented 22 year old. Hull have merely raised a flag on the availability of the defender/midfielder.

The next three weeks will be very interesting with Brentford trying to convince Odubajo to stay whilst at the same time, play the market to try and get as high a price as possible for the striker if he decides not to stay.

Odubajo, like Gray, is a big part of the club’s plans for the future. Maybe after having a wee look around, he will see that the grass isn’t always greener.

Saying that … that doesn’t stop the vultures from sniffing. We are entering the notorious transfer silly season – a time when clubs start to furiously buy and sell players and all sorts of tricks are played by agents trying to get their players better deals.

Tin hats on as we brace ourselved for the assault.