Brentford boss Dean Smith expects Ryan Woods to remain at the club until at least January even though he appeared close to joining Swansea yesterday.
The talented midfielder was a top target for Graham Potter and many expected a deal to get done to take Woods to Wales, particularly after he was left out of Brentford’s opening day win over Rotherham.
However, an agreement wasn’t reached before the 5pm deadline yesterday, which meant a permanent move was off the table.
We have seen clubs then try and do loan deals with the window open until August 31st, however, Wales Online reveal how Smith, 47, insisted Woods will remain with the London club now:
“The bid wasn’t accepted by the football club and the valuation wasn’t met. He remains a Brentford player and it enables us to make sure we’ve still got a very strong squad.
“In terms of Ryan Woods, I don’t expect that to happen now. I think that ship has probably sailed. My directors of football tell me that move probably won’t happen now. He’s available for selection.”
This is fantastic news for Brentford as Woods is one of the best in the division for the role he plays and his departure would’ve seriously weakened them.
It’s strange how Swansea weren’t able to close a deal and it’s a major blow for Potter as the 24-year-old is exactly the sort of player they need.
Now, it’s about Smith bringing him back into the squad and Swansea are clearly going to have to wait until January if they want to resurrect this deal.
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