Brentford could revive interest in Watford defender Tommie Hoban when the transfer window re-opens next month.
We revealed in November that the Bees were keen on the 20-year-old, who came through the Hornets' youth system while Mark Warburton worked at the academy.
Brentford tried to sign the centre-back on loan a fortnight ago with view to a permanent deal, but couldn't agree terms with their Championship rivals.
However, the west Londoners could make another move for the Republic of Ireland U21 international in January.
Hoban has played 11 times for Watford so far this season and was a late substitute in their 2-1 win against the Bees back in September.
However, he didn't even make the bench for their 5-0 win at Fulham on Friday. Hoban still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road.
Brentford boss Warburton said last month: "We're always looking to add value to our squad. I know Tommie is a very talented lad and is another classy player with a great future in the game, but he is also Watford's player, and I don't make a habit of speculating on other club's players.”