BRENTFORD have admitted they are still negotiating with Barratts to buy the land for their new stadium at Lionel Road – but are far from striking a deal.
The club first announced their intention to move from Griffin Park to a new ground near Kew Bridge seven years ago, with development partners Barratts helping make the plan viable by building associated housing and leisure facilities.
However, Barratts have gone cold on the idea since the economic downturn, and earlier this year the company announced that they had shelved the project.
But Brian Burgess , who heads up the club's group set up to oversee the stadium move, said the plan has not moved forward since then, despite intense talks between the two groups.
He said: “There's no good news. Barratts withdrew in January, but the club had an option to buy the land at a price agreed back in 2007, which is far too high.
“Last year, Barratts asked if we wanted to make an offer, and Matthew Benham (Brentford's financial backer) agreed in principle based on a realistic price. We've been negotiating with them since without success.”
Burgess admitted the club is still looking elsewhere, but following attempts from previous owners to move them to places like Woking and Kingston, vowed the club would stay in the town.
He added: “We've looked at 15 sites, but Lionel Road remains the best choice. We want to stay in Brentford.”
Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed they are on the lookout for a new training ground.