It’s that time of the year again and the January transfer window is reaching its climax.
Brentford manager Mark Warburton is scouring the market for a few last-minute buys to rival these bargains.
1. Ryan Dickson from Plymouth in 2007-08
Having initially signed for Brentford a year earlier on loan from Plymouth, Dicko returned on a permanent deal in January 2008, as one of Andy Scott's first signings as Brentford manager. Helped Scott's side win the League Two title a year later, with his marauding runs from left back always providing a creative spark. Earned Brentford an initial £125,000, which eventually rose to £200,000 with add ons, when Southampton pounced in 2010. Now with Colchester.
2. Nathan Elder from Brighton 2007-08
Elder joined Brentford on the final day of the 2008 transfer window from Brighton, a few weeks after Dickson, and recovered from marking his debut against Mansfield with an own goal to become a much loved member of Scott's promotion winning side. Never the most accomplished of strikers, but provided the perfect foil for Charlie MacDonald. Elder never got the chance to star in League One, however, being flogged to Shrewsbury after the League Two title win, before drifting into non-league football with Hayes & Yeading, Ebbsfleet and Dover.
3. Jordan Rhodes from Ipswich 2008-09
The man who is now subject of multi million pound interest from Premier League clubs following his stunning form for Blackburn was still a rookie at Ipswich when he joined Brentford on a month's loan, later extended to the rest of the season, in January 2009. His seven goals in 14 games included a half-hour hat-trick at Shrewsbury, making him the youngest player ever, at the age of 18, to score a treble for the Bees, before a broken toe cut short his stay.
4. David Hunt from Shrewsbury 2008-09
Another player who signed up for Andy Scott's promotion winning side when he joined from Shrewsbury in January 2009, adding something different to the midfield and helping the Bees over the line. Although Hunt was a regular in Brentford's first season back in League One, he was very much on the fringes the following year and was soon on his way to Crawley before ending up at Oxford. A great personality who is still fondly remembered by Bees fans.
5. Toumani Diagouraga from Peterborough 2009-10
When Andy Scott signed Diagouraga on loan from Peterborough in January 2010, he admitted the midfielder had been a long term target, probably remembering the two fine performances the Frenchman put in against his side for Hereford three years previously. Making the move permanent six months later, Diagouraga has gone on to make more than 100 appearances for Brentford, and although not a regular these days, never lets the side down when called upon.