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Any lingering, outside hopes of a Sergi Canos return to Griffin Park look dead and buried after Liverpool accepted a £2.5 million bid from Norwich City – the same fee offered by Bristol City. According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, Canos has been stalling on a move to Ashton Gate, however, The Canaries have emerged favourites as they look to find a replacement for Southampton-bound Nathan Redmond and bounce back to the Prem at the first time of asking, again.

Canos’ season in the Brentford shop window certainly didn’t go unnoticed elsewhere, and although many Bees fans were hoping that the young Spanish forward could be persuaded to pull on a red and white shirt again as we look to build upon the exciting end to the last campaign, that seems simply wishful thinking.

The player’s attitude and all round enthusiasm have rightly earned Sergi the utmost respect of the Bees faithful, and although Jurgen Klopp handed the player his full Liverpool debut in the final Premier League game of last season at West Brom, to guarantee regular first team football, a move away from Anfield always looked on the cards – it’s a shame it won’t be to Brentford though.

The loss of Jota last season was a big blow, one that was partially diluted with Canos’ loan arrival, and few will ever forget the player’s world class winning goal at Reading (click the video link below) over Christmas. Canos is without doubt a hugely gifted and likeable player and we all hope he continues to achieve his ambitions in the game.

And, as you’ll hear in the Pride of West London Beesotted end of season Podcast, there were some glowing words of wisdom shared.

Like it or not, Brentford’s place in the Championship pecking order is clear, for the time being at least we are seen as a stepping stone, a place where you come to prove your worth, then move on to the big money when a parachute money club comes sniffing. It is certainly not ideal, but as we continue to acclimatise, and having studies the accounts in detail on Beesotted, there seems little alternative in the short term.

These sentiments were underlined in Daniel Bentley’s arrival interview on the official Brentford website in which the new goalie admitted; “The club has a history in terms of bringing through younger players, and giving younger players a chance. This club offers a stepping stone to playing at a fantastic level.”

Perhaps a little too honest on his first day, and before he’d even made a save for Brentford, but the way we’ve let players move on, also helps in attracting quality replacements, that can’t be overlooked.

But how we solve this issue and start to hold on to our better players while balancing the finances remains the Catch 22 question.

Dave Lane