Brentford have signed former Arsenal youngster Joshua Da Silva on a long-term contract, the Bees have confirmed.
Garry Monk had said that we were in negotiations to sign the 19-year-old, but the Birmingham Mail have reported that there was a dispute with the Gunners over a compensation package.
Clubs are obligated to pay compensation for any player below the age of 23 even after their contract expires at their previous club.
The EFL’s transfer restrictions may have played a role in us losing out on Da Silva, with the Birmingham Mail‘s Alex Dicken stating it had “hampered” our move for the player.
The England Under 20 international was being considered as the club’s fifth and final signing under the EFL ruling handed out earlier this month. It looks like we have now moved on to other targets.
Joe Williams, who was on loan at Barnsley last season, has been looked at by us, according to the Football Insider, but it seems Bolton are winning the battle for the midfielder. With 10 days to go before the loan window shuts, there is still plenty of time to get someone through the door.