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Frank hoping for Brentford transfer activity but Nusa deal in doubt

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Thomas Frank says Brentford are looking to complete one more signing before the January transfer window closes on Thursday, though he admits that could prove difficult.

Brentford came into the window eyeing reinforcements after losing key players including Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey and Bryan Mbeumo to injury, while Ivan Toney only returned from his eight-month suspension for their win over Nottingham Forest last time out.

The Bees clinched a loan deal for Tottenham full-back Sergio Reguilon and added future prospects Yunus Emre Konak and Hakon Valdimarsson, while they were also believed to be close to sealing a £25million move for highly-rated Club Brugge winger Antonio Nusa.

Nusa was expected to remain in Belgium on loan until the end of the season if the transfer went through, but reports on Tuesday  suggested the move was in danger of collapsing due to concerns over the 18-year-old’s fitness.

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham, Frank said he hoping for further movement in the next 48 hours.

“I am happy with the transfer window so far, we got the most important player in Sergio Reguilon because we had an absolute need in the left-back position and we got a top player in,” he said.

“We can’t wait to see him fully flourish. Then we did the classic Brentford way in signing two very good talented players in Yunus and Hakon, which I’m very pleased with.

“We will try to see if we can sign one more before the end of the window. It could be difficult, but we’ve been working on players that also could be possible in the summer.

“We always do a job and we know sometimes it’s a longer process. Sometimes when we don’t get them first time, we’ll get them second time.”

Brentford ended a run of five straight Premier League defeats with a thrilling 3-2 win over Forest last time out, easing their relegation fears.

Frank, however, believes an improvement will be needed against Ange Postecoglou’s men, saying: “It’s important to win games, but when you’ve lost five it’s always more important. The performance was good, without being through the roof.

“We need to keep performing and keep doing things the right way. We need to play with a bit more confidence against a team that have looked really good this season.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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