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    by Published on 10th January 2014 07:38

    Brentford have two reasons to celebrate after Mark Warburton and Sam Saunders won the Sky Bet League One Player and Manager of the Month awards for December. Bees boss Warburton achieved instant success with four wins out of four after taking over from Uwe Rosler, while winger Saunders has flourished under his new manager. He scored three in three games, also chipping in with a couple of assists, to fire Warburton’s side to the summit of the League One table as we enter the second-half of the season.

    Brentford chief Warburton said: “It is fantastic for the club. We spoke to the players about working to be the best they can be every day, even when they are out of the team. Sam has applied himself well. He had a chance and grabbed it.” Meanwhile, experienced former manager Alan Curbishley has praised Warburton for the way in which he has handled the transitional period following Rosler’s departure for Wigan. He said: “Mark Warburton has made an immediate impact on his managerial career by leading Brentford to the top of Sky Bet League One. The Bees are perfectly placed to start the new year.” Curbishley, who is now a technical director at Fulham, chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
    by Published on 9th January 2014 18:39

    Brentford have confirmed the loan signing of Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom. The Bees have fended off competition from League One rivals Peterborough, Leyton Orient and MK Dons for the 18-year-old, who has penned a one-month deal at Griffin Park. Brentford boss Mark Warburton was in the stands as the youngster smashed a hat-trick in the north Londoners' 6-1 FA Youth Cup romp against Peterborough United on Monday night. However, the switch was put on hold while Arsene Wenger weighed up his options in the wake of injuries to Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner before sanctioning the deal yesterday afternoon.

    Warburton said: “Chuba is strong and quick, with a very good first touch. He’s greedy and enjoys scoring goals. It’s his first loan spell and League One is tough, so he might take some time to adapt. It’s a big jump from Under 21 football.” Akpom made his Arsenal debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win at Sunderland back in September and made a cameo against West Brom in the Capital One Cup later that month.
    by Published on 9th January 2014 17:42

    Kadeem Harris - Mark Warburton plans to bring Cardiff City winger Harris back to Brentford when he returns to fitness. The 20-year-old scored two goals in 11 games for the Bees before his loan spell was cut short because of a hamstring injury picked up during the 3-0 win at Preston in December. Harris is back at the Premier League club for treatment and faces another four weeks on the sidelines. “Kadeem could be out for another four weeks,” he said. “He provides natural width and pace. We know the new Cardiff staff well and have a good relationship. We’ll maintain a good dialogue with them.”

    Meanwhile, Brentford are interested in re-signing Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan. The former Watford centre-back made nine appearances for the Bees last season before his spell at Griffin Park was cut short because of injury. Kiernan played 15 times for League Two Southend earlier this campaign, but was recalled by Latics chief Uwe Rosler a fortnight ago and made his Wigan debut in a 0-0 draw with Burnley on 29 December. However, the German could do his old club a favour and loan Kiernan to the League One leaders to provide cover for Tony Craig and Harlee Dean. Brentford boss Mark Warburton knows the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international well from his time working at Vicarage Road, and told the Chronicle on Thursday that he could have another defender signed up in time for Saturday's clash with Port Vale.
    by Published on 8th January 2014 20:55

    Brentford striker Farid El Alagui has joined SPL side Dundee United on loan for the rest of the season. The Chronicle revealed this afternoon that the former Falkirk frontman was headed for Tannadice Park, with the Bees set to bring in Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom. Fleetwood Town, Partick Thistle and Ross County were also keen on his services, but the 28-year-old has opted to link up with Jackie McNamara's men. El Alagui has been restricted to just one league start for Brentford this season, scoring six goals in 18 games in all competitions. He could make his Dundee debut in Sunday's trip to Inverness.
    by Published on 8th January 2014 20:52

    Brentford are having a look at Forest Green Rovers defender Eddie Oshodi. The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Watford before moving to the New Lawn in 2011, where he has racked up 85 appearances for the Conference club. With Ben Nugent returning to Cardiff City this week, Bees boss Mark Warburton is short of cover at the back and is casting an eye over Oshodi in training this week. The Griffin Park chief knows the England C international from their time working together at Vicarage Road. Oshodi played in the same youth team as the likes of Lee Hodson and Piero Mingoia, who both spent spells in TW8 on loan. The centre-back made two senior appearances for the Hornets and also gained experience at Dagenham and Rushden.
    by Published on 8th January 2014 20:45

    Brentford have completed the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers midfielder Alan Judge and the paperwork has gone through this morning. Boss Mark Warburton is understood to have beaten League One rivals Sheffield United to the 25-year-old’s signature. "He is a good Championship player and is a positive addition to our squad," Bees manager Warburton told the club's official website. "Alan offers us options, both wide and centrally, and has a good character. Alan was an outstanding performer at Notts County last year and thoroughly deserved his move to Blackburn, where he has continued to show excellent form. I am sure he will add real value to the first team squad in the weeks ahead." Judge began his career at Blackburn and made his first-team debut in August 2008. He will remain at Griffin Park for the remainder of the campaign.
    by Published on 8th January 2014 04:25

    Brentford are set to sign Blackburn Rovers midfielder Alan Judge on loan for the rest of the season. The Chronicle revealed last week that the Bees were battling it out with League One rivals Sheffield United for the out-of-favour Irishman, who has started just seven games this term. Judge has been given the green light to leave Ewood Park after talks with Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, and is due in London to complete the deal later today.

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