Brexit has been discussed by Brentford at a board level but Phil Giles admitted the club simply don’t know what the implications of a vote to leave the European Union would mean for them and for football as a whole.

The Bees are keen to look into alternative markets to sign players as they believe they can offer better value and provide a variety of options.

While the club won’t be signing as many as they did last summer, they will still be scouring the European markets for untapped talent.

Giles said: “We’ll never rule out signing players from overseas as there is more value there as well as more players but we recognise that we brought too many in one go.

“Them adapting at the same time together is hard. We want to get the blend right together.”

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The bitter battle being raged over Europe between the politicians has left fans wondering about a potential impact Brexit could have on the game.

Under current rules, football clubs can sign any player who holds an EU passport but, if they don’t, they must meet stringent work permit criteria.

And Brentford has been looking at the issues but, until any new rules are laid out, there is very little they can do.

Giles added: “Brexit has come into conversations at the club. We’ve looked at that and it’s very hard to have a stab at what will happen.

“The wrong thing to do will be to look at it and say if Brexit happens, the rules will be this, this and this as the regulations will naturally change anyway.

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“It’s hard to make long term decisions based on the potential impact. It’s hard to know what will happen if Brexit happens.

“I wouldn’t imagine it to happen overnight. The government will need to set out for any business all of the steps they’d need to take to comply with the regulation. I believe that’d be a transitional process.”

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady, who plays a leading role in Britain Stronger in Europe, believes being in the EU is beneficial to both clubs and the fans.

The Tory peer wrote to professional teams outlining the consequences of voting to leave the Union on June 23.

The letter contained: “For clubs, free movement plays a big role in transfers and players’ contracts. Players from the EU can sign for UK clubs without needing a visa or special work permit, making it quicker and easier to secure top talent from across Europe to come and play in our leagues.

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“Indeed, there are nearly 200 Premier League footballers alone who have benefited from this arrangement.

“Leaving the EU could have a big impact on foreign players, as independent analysis has shown that two-thirds of European stars in England would not meet automatic non-EU visa criteria and therefore might be forced to leave.

“Losing this unhindered access to European talent would put British clubs at a disadvantage compared to continental sides.”

She added: “English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish football gains so much from being in Europe.

“Clubs and fans all benefit from European action, laws and funding. Leaving the EU would hurt our leagues, create uncertainty for European transfers and be a step back for the next generation of footballers.”

However, other experts believe that the rules could be relaxed for football, or it would allow young British talent to come through quicker which would improve the national sides.

"I would be surprised if those work permit rules were not recalibrated," Professor Raymond Boyle, from the University of Glasgow, told the BBC.

The sports industry expert added: "Countries such as Switzerland simply make their own rules. My sense is that elite commercial sport will always have the clout to influence rules so that they benefit."

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