FC Cincinnati

Brentford weighing up Brandon Vazquez move?

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Brentford are reportedly weighing up a potential move for USA international Brandon Vazquez, who currently plays for MLS side FC Cincinnati.

The Bees are bracing themselves for a fight to keep hold of Ivan Toney when the transfer window opens in January.

Although Toney is currently serving an eight-month ban for breaching betting regulations, his suspension is set to expire in the middle of next month.

With Toney closing in on a return to competitive action, he continues to attract interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Brentford technical director Lee Dykes recently admitted that the 27-year-old could be on his way out of the club "very shortly".

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Toney's uncertain future has forced Brentford to scour the market for potential replacements in case the England international does head out the exit door in the new year.

Even if Toney remains with Thomas Frank's side, they may still look to strengthen their forward line, with Bryan Mbeumo sidelined for three months and Yoane Wissa set to represent DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations.

According to TEAMtalk, Cincinnati's Vazquez is one of the names that is being considered as a possible target for the January window.

The report claims that clubs from Spain Germany and France are also keeping tabs on the forward after he netted 17 goals in 40 competitive appearances during the 2023 season.

The USA international helped Pat Noonan's side win the Supporters' Shield, before they were ultimately beaten in the Eastern Conference finals by Colombus Crew

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Since joining Cincinnati from Nashville in the 2019 Expansion Draft, Vazquez has registered 43 goals and 15 assists in 127 matches across all competitions.

While the striker's current deal runs until December 2025, Cincinnati has the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months.

Having spent his entire playing career in Mexico and the USA, Vazquez's lack of experience in European football appears to be one of their main concerns.

As Brentford weigh up whether to pursue a deal for Vazquez, there are also believed to be in the market for a versatile attacker and a new defender.

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