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With the transfer window opening up soon, it would be rude not to report on a few unsubstantiated rumours flying around. The management has indicated that Brentford will be looking to bring one or two new players in. No doubt they will have identified their targets by now and will be looking to lock them down before January 4th.

Frank McPartland joined us recently from Liverpool academy so it’s only a matter of time before Brentford get linked with some of Liverpool’s young prospects. We had our first taster this season with Carlos Texiera which didn’t work out too well – the young kid coming into a team who were battling for their lives after a disappointing start to the season and looked like a rabbit in the headlights in the games he played for the Bees.

The latest player to be speculatively linked with Brentford is Jordan Ibe. The highly rated young winger/forward has a reputation for taking players on and tipped to follow in the footsteps of Raheem Sterling.

Whether or not a move is on the cards will no doubt be down to firstly whether firstly Mark Warburton sees such a player as a required addition to the current squad, Liverpool’s plans for him and whether they see Brentford as a suitable home. Of course the player’s view will be important, but one would have though his relationship with McPartland will take care of this and, being from London, could help enormously.

Bermondsey-born Ibe was signed to Liverpool from Wycombe. He is co-incidentally linked to the Bees in a few ways. He became the youngest player to play first team football for Wycombe for over 3 decades at 15 years 244 days – a record previously held by Brentford loanee Kadeem Harris.

He also played alongside a certain Marcello Trotta at Wycombe with Ide, Harris and Trotta all featuring in the team that lost 4-3 to Franchise FC (aka MK Dons) in November 2011 – Trotta scored on his debut.

Ide made his final appearance in that same game before being transferred to Liverpool. As a side Bee issue, ex-Bee Charlie McDonald also scored for Franchise FC that day.

Whether the rumours are true or not, it’s a sign of the times that Brentford are currently being linked with high-calibre young talent from teams such as Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and the likes.

Whether or not Ibe will making his way to Griffin Park, only time will tell. And if he doesn’t, no doubt Warburton (with his Next Gen contacts), McPartland and Weir (with their premiership contacts) will ensure that Brentford will be linked with more promising talent to keep the momentum going as we ease ourselves into the second part of the season when injuries and fatigue really start to take their toll.