Brentford 'want to poach Emmanuel Dennis from relegated Watford'

Brentford ‘want to poach Emmanuel Dennis from relegated Watford but Hornets will demand £20m’ for striker, who is also a target for Crystal Palace this summer

  • Brentford are reportedly keen to the Nigerian on to partner Ivan Toney in attack
  • Crystal Palace are also believed to be in for the player who impressed last year
  • The Bees value Emmanuel Dennis around the £20m mark this summer
  • Brentford are also reportedly in for wing-backs Max Aarons and Aaron Hickey 

Brentford are reportedly keen to bring in Watford’s Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis this summer to partner Ivan Toney.

Dennis, 24, enjoyed a stellar season with the Hornets in the Premier League despite the club being immediately relegated back to the Championship. 

The Sun report that Thomas Frank would like to bring the forward on board at the Brentford Community Stadium. 

Emmanuel Dennis is believed to be of interest to both Brentford and Crystal Palace

The Super Eagles star, who is currently away on international duty, scored 10 goals and registered six assists for Watford across 33 games in the league last season. 

Brentford are thought to view this as an impressive return for a player who was playing amid difficult circumstances at Watford. 

The Bees are said to value him at around the £20m mark. Watford paid £3m for the player from Belgian side Club Brugge last summer. 

It is reported that the Belgian outfit would be entitled to a small sell-on fee, thought to be around five per cent.

The Nigerian scored 10 goals and registered six assists during his first season in the Premier League

Dennis could have a choice of destination as it is also suggested that Crystal Palace are in for the player. 

Manager Patrick Vieira is wanting to build on his impressive first season with the Eagles and new arrivals are expected at Selhurst Park to continue the club’s resurgence under the Frenchman. 

Dennis is thought represent an option for the forward line, as Vieira looks to bolster an attack that at times looked blunt against certain opposition. 

Thomas Frank will be looking to build on an impressive first top flight season with the Bees

In midfield, Cheick Doucoure, the talented midfielder who currently plays for Lens in the French top flight is thought to be the club’s top target this summer window. He is said to be available for around £15m. 

Elsewhere for Brentford, they are reported to want to strengthen their wing-back areas with Bologna’s Aaron Hickey and Norwich’s Max Aarons both touted for a potential move to south-west London. 

Hickey is thought to a number of admirers, with Arsenal reportedly in for the £21m-rated versatile fullback, who can play on either the left or the right. 

Max Aarons is a player Brentford are said to be looking at for the wing-back area 

Aaron Hickey, the Scottish full-back, has impressed with Bologna this season in Serie A

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