Wycombe Wanderers are plotting a move for Brentford youngster Aaron Pierre.
The powerful centre-half ended the season at Wycombe as he helped the Chairboys secure League Two safety with a final-day victory over Torquay United.
He made eight appearances and netted once in a productive loan stint in Buckinghamshire under manager Gareth Ainsworth.
Pierre’s exploits have not gone unnoticed by his parent club and Bees have offered the 21-year-old a new contract.
Brentford would be entitled to compensation if Pierre decides to accept an offer from Wycombe as he is under the age of 24.
Ainsworth said: “I’ve always kept my contract talks private and I’ll keep doing that with my targets.
“Obviously, Aaron impressed while he was here on loan but he’s at Brentford and they’re a Championship club. We’ll see if anything can be done.”
Wanderers have shown the door to eight of last season’s squad, including experienced centre-back Leon Johnson, which frees up some budget to tempt Pierre.
Ainsworth added: “Leon has been a great servant for the club and has been outstanding since he’s been here. He’s a player that I’ve played with and that made it very hard for me.
“I’m sure Leon knows it’s a professional game and that’s football. I think he’ll crop up somewhere and keep playing.”
Pierre featured twice for the Brentford first-team last term in cup games against Derby and AFC Wimbledon.