Brighton and Burnley are interested in Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods, reports HITC.
The 23-year-old has been sensational for the Bees since joining from Shrewsbury Town in 2015, with his form beginning to attract Premier League interest.
A regular in the heart of the midfield at Griffin Park, Woods has the natural ability to control games from the middle of the park, and his presence on the field has undoubtedly contributed to Brentford’s success in recent seasons.
Brentford have transfer history with Burnley, having negotiated deals for Andre Gray and James Tarkowski in recent years, so the Clarets may perhaps feel confident they can convince the Bees to sell once more.
However, Woods will come at an extremely high price.
The player has two and a half years remaining on his current deal, and the West Londoners will demand a fee well in excess of £5 million if they are to part ways with their star midfielder.
Brentford will play hardball over Woods to ensure the club ensure the best possible deal for themselves, but will not stand in the player’s way of Premier League progression should their valuation be met.
Brentford’s budget at this level allows the Bees to pluck talent from the lower tiers for nominal fees, but big-money offers and the promise of huge profit cannot be ignored by the club.
Perhaps when the club move to their new Lionel Road ground this will all change, but within the constrictions of Griffin Park, multi-million offers cannot be ignored.
Brentford could demand as much as the fee they received for Scott Hogan, in excess of £9 million, and clubs will have to stump up the cash if they are to tempt the Bees in the coming months.
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