The off-season may be dragging for Brentford supporters but there is no rest for the staff at Griffin Park.

While the Jersey Road training ground may be quiet with the players now given time off to go on holiday, things are still going on behind the scenes.

The transfer window opens on July 1 but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill circulating around the club. So what has been reported on involving the club in the last 24 hours?


* Millwall have ended their pursuit of departing Brentford midfielder Alan McCormack, GetWestLondon understands.

The Lions have been regularly linked with the Irish midfielder since the January transfer window.

But it is understood that the south Londoners moved on to other options, before their promotion to the Championship at Wembley.

McCormack bade an emotional farewell to Griffin Park at the end of the season, being given his personal lap of honour and he is keen to remain playing for now, before turning his hand to coaching.

Alan McCormack

* Akaki Gogia's difficult two years at Brentford appears to be coming to an end as he is reportedly on the verge of joining Union Berlin.

German newspaper Kicker are reporting that a deal is almost done and the German U19 international will make a move permanent.

Brentford signed him on a free transfer from FC Hallescher in May 2015, announcing the deal the day after their play-off defeat to Middlesbrough.

Luke Ayling of Bristol City (L) in action with Akaki Gogia of Brentford

* Newcastle are leading the race to sign former Brentford striker Andre Gray, according to the bookmakers.

The Bees frontman moved to Burnley in the summer of 2015 and the west Londoners have a sell on clause believed to be in the region of 20 per cent.

Tottenham and Everton have been tipped as a possible destination for the frontman, who has scored 10 goals in 36 games this season.

Joey Barton and Andre Gray

* Former Brentford and AFC Wimbledon midfielder Sammy Moore has taken his first step into management after being appointed player/manager at Leatherhead.

The 29-year-old had a loan spell with the Bees at the start of the 2007/08 season, scoring two times in 20 appearances for the west Londoners.


* Brentford have made their first move in the transfer market after signing Danish defender Henrik Dalsgaard on a three-year deal from SV Zulte Waregam.

Dalsgaard, who plays as a right back, will join the club when the Transfer Window officially opens and has signed for the Bees for an undisclosed fee.

He has made three appearances for the national side and won the Danish cup with SV Zulte Waregam last month, although he missed a proportion of the season with a hip injury.

Dalsgaard is among three Bees players called up into the Denmark squad for their upcoming games against Germany and Kazakhstan.

Dalsgaard is joined by team-mates Lasse Vibe and Andreas Bjelland for the games on June 6 and June 10.

Henrik Dalsgaard

* John Egan is already looking forward to Brentford's trip to Sunderland next season.

The Bees will face the recently relegated Black Cats for the first time since 2006 when they beat them in the FA Cup thanks to two DJ Campbell goals.

Egan signed for Sunderland in 2011 after playing for Greenwood FC and, while he never made a first team appearance for the Wearside club, he still has fond memories of his time in the north east.

“It will be great to get back up there and play against Sunderland,” Egan told the club's official website.

“I still have a few friends playing for them so it’s one that I have kept an eye on."

John Egan

* Former Brentford midfielder Sammy Moore has credited the Bees for giving him the knowledge of how professional football really worked.

The 29-year-old, who has been appointed as Leatherhead player/manager, had a loan spell at Griffin Park ten years ago while at Ipswich when the west Londoners were in League Two.

During his time in TW8, Moore scored twice in 24 appearances in all competitions but Brentford struggled in the league and Terry Butcher, the man who brought him in, was sacked in December.

Ipswich recalled Moore in the January window but he still credits England legend Butcher for helping him learn his trade.

Sammy Moore celebrates his wondergoal against Reading

* Brentford will look to help Sergi Canos keep his emotions in check, while attempting to keep the enthusiasm in his game.

The Spaniard, who returned to Griffin Park from Norwich in January, never gives anything less than 100 per cent in a Bees shirt but, when things don't go his way, the 20-year-old becomes easily frustrated.

Canos is a popular member of the Brentford squad and has the ability to go to the next level and, if he can remain positive when things are difficult, he will become a better player.

Sergi Canos celebrates Jota's penalty against QPR

Boss Dean Smith said: "He probably gets frustrated a bit quicker than others as he knows the ability is there.

“I think, emotionally, it is something we'll work on with him but he's a great player to have around and he'll go to the next level as well.”

The former Liverpool man scored four goals in 18 appearances for the Bees since his Griffin Park return this year.