Late twist in Wolves transfer saga as Brentford ‘initiate contact’ over Newcastle target

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The latest Premier League transfer news as Brentford consider this Newcastle target as an alternative to a Wolves defender.

Brentford have reportedly lined up a potential alternative to signing Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Nathan Collins, as talks have stalled over the transfer fee for the Irishman.

The Bees’ current record signing is Kevin Schade, who cost £22 million from SC Freiburg after an initial six-month loan. It’s said it would take around £25 million for Wolves to accept an offer for Collins.

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The Athletic reports “Brentford are reluctant to fork out” that kind of figure for the Wolves centre-half and are looking at different options in order to get better value for money.

It’s claimed Thomas Frank’s side have “asked about Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen”, who is also wanted by Newcastle United. The response, though, was an unwelcome one.

Brentford value Andersen at the £20 million mark but Palace replied by saying he’s “not available after if he was, any sale would be far more expensive”. This will likely put the Bees off that idea.

Joachim Andersen has been lined up as an alternative to Nathan Collins.Joachim Andersen has been lined up as an alternative to Nathan Collins.
Joachim Andersen has been lined up as an alternative to Nathan Collins. | Getty Images

Newcastle have a higher budget and want another central defender to provide depth for their Champions League campaign. Whether or not they’re willing to pay a premium awaits to be seen, however.

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Will Brentford still sign Nathan Collins?

Palace’s response to the Andersen question means Brentford are more likely to return with an improved offer for Collins, after seeing an initial £21 million bid rejected.

This is due to there being one less option but there’s still some major reluctance to stump up the extra few million, meaning the Bees could yet look elsewhere still. Regardless, this is one to keep a keen eye on.

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