According fabrice romanoBrentford beat Premier League rivals Arsenal and Newcastle to sign Aaron Hickey.
What is the story?
Well, Arsenal were said to be close on the Scottish international, who made a name for himself in Italian football with Bologna.
Elsewhere it was said that Newcastle was preparing an offer for Hickey.
Now, however, Mikel Arteta and Eddie Howe look set to be disappointed as Brentford have agreed a £14m deal with Bologna to sign the 20-year-old.
Romano believes Thomas Frank’s side have shaken hands with the left-back on a five-year contract, and he will now travel to England to undergo a medical with the Bees.
The Reliable Italian Reporter also mentions that add-ons are involved in the deal, so Brentford could end up paying upwards of £14m.
Arsenal and Newcastle have alternatives
Fortunately, the Gunners and Magpies didn’t seem to be putting all their eggs in one basket.
Arsenal could now step up their pursuit of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who was the object of an offer from north Londoners, although Manchester United are also interested.
As far as Newcastle is concerned, Howe is supposedly glancing at Atlético Madrid left-back Renan Lodi, who would fight Matt Targett for a place in the starting XI on Tyneside.
Of course, there may be a slight chance that the Premier League duo hijack the Hickey deal as they are yet to undergo a medical – as things stand, however, Arteta and Howe will most likely have to look elsewhere. .
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