BRENTFORD are set to sign Ipswich's Pim Balkestein on loan with view to a permanent move.

The Dutch defender spent a month on loan at Griffin Park earlier this season, and is way down the pecking order at Portman Road.

Tractor Boys boss Roy Keane is willing to let the 22-year-old leave the club, and the Bees are now waiting for the green light from the player.

“I have not spoken to Pim yet," said the Irishman.

“It would be a loan deal, but with a view to a permanent move.

"We have good numbers in his position, since Tommy Smith came back. Tommy is going nowhere."

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