Brentford have completed their transfer business with the signing of Ryan Woods with an hour of the window remaining.

The Bees have signed 12 players this summer, while six first-team squad members have left since June.

GetWestLondon spoke with co-director of football Phil Giles minutes after the 6pm deadline to discuss each deal in a bit more detail.


Tony Craig

Tony Craig marks Rudy Gestede
Popular: Tony Craig marks Rudy Gestede

The defender completed a free transfer back to his boyhood club Millwall in July after three years with the club.

Craig had dropped down the pecking order and was keen to return 'home' to extend his playing career.

Giles said: “It was very straightforward. Tony wanted to go there and they wanted to make him captain.

“All parties were in agreement on that one so it was easy. I spent a little bit of time with him and could see why he was popular.

“He was very straightforward. All the players liked him and he was a positive influence on them.”

Will Grigg

Striker: Will Grigg

The striker made a £1million move to last season's surprise relegation side Wigan. The former Walsall man had been on loan at MK Dons last year and it was a deal done for the Northern Irishman to play regular football.

Giles explained: “He had a good time at MK Dons last year and wanted to play football. When he came in I said to him that if Andre left or got injured there'd be an opportunity.

“Once Wigan came in and made a reasonable off he indicated he'd prefer to go and guarantee himself playing in League One and Wigan had been in the Premier League recently as well. It made a lot of sense on that one.”

Moses Odubajo

Sold: Hull City's Moses Odubajo

The full back had a £3.5million release clause activated by Hull City, leading to the end of his Brentford career.

The clause meant the Bees had to work on finding a replacement for their winger turned right back on the eve of the new season.

Giles said: “We had no choice whatsoever so it was very straightforward in the end. We had to make sure we were prepared and had an option.

“We got Maxime (Colin) in straight away afterwards. It'd have been better for it to have been done earlier in the summer. We've got a good replacement I think.”

Stuart Dallas

Departed: Stuart Dallas

The Northern Irishman completed a surprise move to Leeds in August for the chance to play an enhanced role in the squad.

Giles said: “He played last season quite a bit but wasn't a full regular and there was an opportunity to go and play regular football at a big club with big support.

“We looked at it and felt it was fair enough and we'll do the best deal we can and that's what happened.”

Jonathan Douglas

Pointing to the exit: Jonathan Douglas

In the most controversial move of the window, the Irishman was allowed to leave for Ipswich on a free transfer.

Douglas had fallen out with owner Matthew Benham in the summer and it was felt it was best for all parties to split.

Giles said: “At the time we'd just signed Josh (McEachran). We'd looked to strengthen and felt Jonathan was not going to play as much. We felt that, as a collective, it'd be best to move things on I guess.”

Andre Gray

Departed: Andre Gray

The long-running Andre Gray saga came to an end when the striker penned a deal with Burnley.

However, Hull had three bids rejected while Bristol City saw theirs accepted only for Gray to turn them down.

Giles said: “Hull indicated early on in the summer that Andre was their top target. I think, looking in from the outside, their manager was keen to get the deal done but couldn't meet the valuation.

“Bristol City met the valuation and we accepted that but Andre preferred not to go there. Burnley came in with an offer we accepted and that's when it got done.”


Akaki (Andy) Gogia

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

The German was the first player to join the club this summer on a free transfer from FC Hallescher.

Giles said: “I had no involvement in that one. It was a pre-contract with him which is why it was announced the day after the Middlesbrough game.

“He was out of contract. He was a German third league player and as he was out contract he was a good player at a good price for us.”

Ryan Williams

Battle: Bury's Tom Soares (R) in action with Morecambe's Ryan Williams

The Morecambe midfielder signing was one that surprised many fans but it is his striking of the ball that has caught the eye at Brentford, as well as his attitude.

Giles said: “We got recommendations on Ryan. He is a very good technical player and striker of the ball.

“We took him on a one-year contract because we weren't certain about what level Ryan would be able to play at. We've been really impressed by his attitude. He's a good professional to have around the squad.”

Yoann Barbet

Defender: Yoann Barbet

Barbet is yet to feature in the Championship this season, making his debut in the 4-0 defeat to Oxford, and Giles feels that there is plenty to come from the left sided centre back.

The co-director of football said: “He had a fantastic year in the French second division. He's a very good ball playing centre back.

“He's not playing at the minute but that's an opportunity to settle down. It's a bit more of a physical league.

“It gives him time to adapt to the new environment, league and country. Harlee (Dean) and Tarky (James Tarkowski) know the league so it's fair enough to stick with that for now.”

Konstantin Kerschbaumer

Midfielder: Konstantin Kerschbaumer

The Austrian midfielder has had an up and down start to life in the Brentford midfield. He struggled in the first half against Reading but has shown signs of his ability in other areas.

Giles said: “Kerschbaumer is not the sort of player who will get amongst it. He's more of a ball player.

“Once the players get used to each other we'll see his qualities. There was a moment against Reading when he played through Vibe which is the sort of thing we'll see more of.

“Vibe is a direct runner when he goes central. He can pick out that sort of pass.”

Andreas Bjelland

New Bee: Andreas Bjelland (centre) and England's Danny Welbeck (left) battle

The club's record signing suffered a cruciate ligament injury that has ruled him out for the season.

Because of this, it means that he has one season to watch English football and adapt strengthen his upper body and could even be considered the second new face of the 2016/17 squad along with Scott Hogan.

Giles said: “He's a loss. He's a Danish international and we paid good money for him and we didn't buy him not to be involved.

“It's a shame he's not going to be around. I wouldn't overplay it as a massive thing. Harlee and Tarky have been there for a long time and we're confident they'll do a good job.

“He didn't have a lot of training over the summer. He came in in the Oxford game and was very unlucky. We'll get him ready for next year. He'll be brilliant for us eventually.”

Josh McEachran

Broken foot: Josh McEachran

Brentford have not had much luck with their key signings as the former Chelsea midfielder broke his foot in training.

However, there is a belief that he'll return and add some steel into the midfield.

Giles said: “We've not had much luck (with injuries). A tackle in training broke his foot not long after joining us. After the next international break he'll need a month to get fit.

“Hopefully that time will go quickly. Everyone knows Josh and he was a key signing for us. It's a shame but he'll be back eventually.”

Philipp Hofmann and Lasse Vibe

Duo: Hofmann and Vibe

The two strikers were signed hours apart from each other with Hofmann being brought in as a powerful striker and Vibe signed as one who can play out wide as well.

The pair appeared to strike up an understanding in the second half of the 3-1 defeat to Reading and there is even a case to suggest they should be paired up front together.

Giles said: “Vibe played on the right but when he came inside he looked more dangerous. I think Hofmann enjoyed having him around with a bit of pace.

“We were more on top of things at that point. Hofmann is not the sort of player who will get in behind. Vibe has proven himself that he can score goals in Sweden.”

Maxime Colin

Odubajo replacement: Maxime Colin

Brentford moved to sign the Frenchman as a replacement for Mose Odubajo and is seen as a more natural right back in relation to previous incumbents in that position, including the Hull man.

Giles explained: “He's a more natural right back. I think Alan McCormack being played right back. Nico Yennaris can play right back but it's not their out and out position.

“It's the same as Moses. Moses had his pace and attacking player whereas Maxime is a more orthodox right back.”

Marco Djuricin

Marco Djuricin of Red Bull is congratulated by team mate Christoph Leitgeb after scoring a goal during the friendly match between Red Bull Salzburg and West Bromwich Albion
Gray replacement: Marco Djuricin

The Austrian has been on Brentford's radar all year and they secured a season long loan for the striker on Monday.

It is hoped he will be the replacement for Andre Gray the club desperately needed to find.

Giles said: “He had a fantastic record at Sturm Graz for the first half of last season and he scored a lot of goals getting into the Austrian squad.

“I know the guys before me had looked at him and last time he went to Red Bull Salzburg, which is a good recommendation as anything given the strength of the club in the Red Bull organisation.

“They had a strong team at Salzburg and some good young players coming through. We kept an eye on him and he became available to bring in on loan.

“He's in the mould of the sort of player we're looking for. Andre has one thought in mind when he gets the ball – he wants to score goals.

“I hope Marco will be similar while Phil Hofmann will be back to goal and linking the play.”

Sergi Canos

Loanee: Sergi Canos

Brentford added Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos to the squad on loan until January and he will be seen as someone who can inject pace down the flanks but Giles urged caution of placing too much pressure on the 18-year-old's shoulders.

He said: “He is a skilful player with a bit of pace which is something we lacked a bit out wide. I think he can play in a lot of positions across the front as well.

“I wouldn't imagine him to be playing as our main striker. He's likely to come in on the right with Jota injured and adds depth there.

“There's not a huge pressure on him. He's not a player to come in and change our team. We'll see how we get on with him. We're not expecting him to be the next Jota.”

Ryan Woods

Deadline deal: Ryan Woods

The Bees completed their transfer business with the addition of Shrewsbury midfielder Ryan Woods.

The 21-year-old appears to be a player in the Jonathan Douglas mould and can drive a team forward and also comes with experience of English football.

Giles added: “It's important that we have some home grown players as it's part of the identity and we have to have six home grown players in a match day squad.

“It wasn't a key consideration at the minute. He gets the ball down and plays football. He's done very very well in the midfield and has done very well at Shrewsbury.”