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Brentford linked with Philipp Schobesberger from Rapid Vienna

Brentford have been strongly linked with highly-rated Austrian winger Philipp Schobesberger from Rapid Vienna.

The 21 yr old scored 5 goals in 21 appearances for the Austrian side,  previously scoring 23 goals in 82 games for FC Pasching.

Rapid Vienna rate the midfielder at well over the €3m allegedly bid so far by Brentford – with the chairman quoting a figure closer to €6m required to secure the player.

With this story suddenly making the papers in Austria, Beesotted feel that the publicising the deal is merely a ploy from Rapid Vienna to get as high a fee as possible from Brentford for Schobesberger.

Brentford linked with Besar Halimi from Stuttgart Kickers

The Bees have also been linked with German/Kosovan U19 midfielder Besar Halimi. He currently plays in the ’box to box’ role for Stuttgart Kickers scoring 2 goals in 37 appearances.

Stuttgart Kickers claim a €750k deal has been done with Brentford beating Mainz 05 to the punch. They have also indicated that Halimi has already taken his medical although Beesotted are not sure if this is 100% true.

Stuttgart claim they are very happy with the fee and the sum will be re-invested in new players.

However, this deal is not as simple as it seems. It has been the subject of in-depth frustrating negotiation over a number of months – breaking down on a number of occasions for various reasons.

German newspaper Bild reported Halimi recently sacked his agent, getting his father to take over his business affairs – never a good sign. One good thing he did however was to put Brentford back into the negotiating loop.

But the deal is far from done and who knows where Brentford lie in this situation at the moment?

Reports from Germany say that Halimi has now decided he wants to stay in Germany. Stuttgart Kickers are not happy as they have already in their minds spent the transfer money, so they have told him to train with the 2nd team. His father is reportedly trying to re-ignite the deal with Mainz 05.

With this deal not happening easily and the team starting pre-season training already, don’t be surprised if Brentford decide to move onto their next attacking midfielder prospect before very long.

Bees sign Josh McEachran from Chelsea


Brentford have signed Josh McEachran from Chelsea on a 4 year deal for £750k as was  last week.

The holding midfielder spent last season at Vitesse in Holland and his season was described by our contacts as ‘stunning’.

European striker signing still on the cards

Beesotted indicated the Bees were chasing a European striker in our July 24th news round up. It is believed the club are getting closer to landing the international player. More news to come

In addition Brentford have already signed Danish international centre back Andreas Bjelland from FC Twente (€2.2mill), midfielder Konstantin Kerschbaumer from Admira Wacker, centre back Yoann Barbet from Chamois Niortas (€700k), midfielder Akaki Gogia from FC Hallescher (free), Ryan Williams from Morcambe (free) and Josh McEachran (£750k).

Tony Craig joins Millwall

Tony Craig has left Brentford by mutual consent – rejoining his previous club Millwall.

Tony was a reliable and loyal servant for Brentford. We wish him the best of luck.

First team squad fly out for pre-season training in Portugal

jota and tebar







New manager Marinus Dijkhuizen flew out on Monday with the first team squad for a week of bonding and pre-season training.

Jota and Tebar seem more delighted than some to be travelling according to this photo

Coaching staff update

In addition to a new manager and directors of football, Brentford have added a number of specialists to the coaching depart.

Flemming Pederson has joined as head of football philosophy

Robert Rowan is Head of Football Operations.


We have three specialist coaches  – Bartek Sylwestrzak – ball striking and technique coach (watch his video above)

Gianni Vio – who was rumoured to join last season but the deal didn’t quite happen – joins from AC Milan as set piece specialist

Tom Bates – joins from West Brom as performance psycologist

Paul Williams – ex England U21 player joins as logistics manager

Beesotted meets Brentford Manager Marinus Dijkhuizen

Beesotted took Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen out on the town (well the river anyway) to show him the lights of his new manor West London.

A quality evening was had discussing football over a few beers.

and watch the “Who is Marinus Dijkhuizen” video interview above.

 Billy Grant