Sky Bet League One side Gillingham have told Brentford to up their bid for Irish defender John Egan, according to Kent Online,
The 23-year-old is out-of-contract at Priestfield this summer and has already stated he will not sign a new deal with the Gills, but as Egan is under the age of 24 a compensation fee is required from the Bees.
Brentford have been unable to agree such a fee with the Kent side, and the only way the situation is going to be solved is through a transfer tribunal – which take place when both parties can’t agree a price.
Dean Smith’s Championship side showed interested in the Irishman on deadline day of the winter transfer window, but Gillingham rejected the bid they received back in February.
Just weeks later he suffered an injury on the training ground which would keep him out of action for over a month.
Since joining the Gills on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, after being released by Premier League side Sunderland, John Egan has made 81 appearances for the club.
Manager Justin Edinburgh has spoken on the situation; “They made an offer which didn’t meet our valuation and we made them aware of what we valued him at. If that can’t be met then the fee gets set by a tribunal.”
Is John Egan worth the trouble of a transfer tribunal, Brentford fans? How much will you miss the defender’s services next season Gills supporters? Let us know in the comments below!