MOSES ADEMOLA will sign for Brentford today - if his mum says so.

The Bees have been lining up a deal for the 18-year-old Croydon Athletic striker, having run the rule over him in training for the past few weeks.

And Bees boss Andy Scott expects to make the 19-goal striker his first summer signing today.

He said: "We've made him an offer and agreed a deal with Croydon, and now he's thinking it over with his mother.

"He is very close to his family, and his mum's an accountant, so will be making sure he gets a good deal - which we respect.

"But all going well, he should sign for us on Thursday."

Scott is confident Ademola can make the step us to League Two, despite coming from a team four levels below in Ryman One (South).

But he acknowledged the young striker is a rough diamond who will need a lot of polishing if he is to be as big a success as other recent non-league signings like Lloyd Owusu and Darren Powell.

Scott said: "Moses has scored plenty of goals, is good with his feet and can move the ball. He's an intelligent lad who is desperate to do well and makes defenders defend on their heels.

"It's a big step up, but he has just played 60 games in a men's league so knows all about the physical side of the game.

"He's by no means the finished article and needs to bulk up. It's a bit of a gamble, but one I'm confident will pay off."

One striker who won't be wearing the red and white stripes next season is Reuben Reid. The Bees loanee has returned to Plymouth after failing to impress since joining in January, scoring just once.

Scott said: "Reuben will be the first to admit he's not used his time here to his benefit."

Scott is still undecided to another loanee, Charlton defender Osei Sankofa, who has not left the bench much in recent weeks.

And he has already admitted he doesn't expect to see Wayne Brown or Alan Bennett back next season.

Scott added: "To be honest, I don't want to rely on as many

loan players next season as we have this term. I'd rather make permanent signings."

The Bees have fielded 15 loan players this season - Sanfoka, Bennett, Brown, Reid, Ben Hamer, Grant Basey, Lewis Emanuel, Robert Milsom, Sammy Moore, Jordan Parkes, Adrian Pettigrew, Emile Sinclair, Ben Starosta, Craig Stone and Ryan Dickson - although Dickson later became a permanent signing.