Rico Henry is ready to step up to the Premier League amid recent interest, according to Noel Whelan.
According to The Athletic the Brentford man has been under the watchful eye of West Ham United as they continue to try and sign the best talent from outside of the top tier.
Henry has been a key player for Thomas Frank’s side in recent seasons and almost helped the club to promotion last term, only to fall at the final hurdle as they lost in the play-off final.
The Bees are hoping to go one step further this time around, and according to Whelan, the Hammers’ target will be playing in the top flight next regardless of what happens in Brentford’s promotion push.
Asked if Henry was ready for the Premier League, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think so.
“I think there’s been many people and clubs looking at that player – he’s been a standout for Brentford. He does all kinds of roles including that wing-back role.
“He’s been fantastic, he creates, he gets forward, he defends, he’s got pace about him, he’s got strength.
“So, yes, West Ham are not the only club looking at bringing him in in the summer if Brentford don’t get in the Premier League.
“If they get in the Premier League it changes everything. If they get in the Premier League, Brentford don’t need to become that kind of selling club.
“If they don’t get into the Premier League then I think we’ll see three or four of their star players leaving.”
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There’s no doubt that Rico Henry is ready for life in the top flight.
He’s one of the best full-backs in the Championship right now and will be hoping to guide Brentford into the Premier League after falling short last term.
It’s no surprise that West Ham are keen, and regardless of what happens with the Bees, the defender will find it tough to turn down their advances.