Crystal Palace are believed to have been keeping close tabs on Southend United’s 18-year-old star Dru Yearwood for some time now but with the January transfer window fast approaching, it now looks as though Brentford are keen to beat the Eagles to the punch.
Having been on the Shrimpers books since the age of 11, Dru is no doubt comfortable with the League One outfit but after making his breakthrough into the first-team during the 2017/18 season, it’s quickly become apparent that he’s destined for big things. Standing at only 5’9, the midfielder has impressed scouts from across the country over the last year or so, with Palace’s Dougie Freedman known to be a long-term admirer.
The Scotsman maintains close links with Southend following his time on their books at the end of his playing career and as such seems relatively confident of winning the race for Yearwood’s signature but it now looks as though he’ll face stiff competition from Brentford.
The Bees’ interest in Yearwood may be a tad frustrating from a Palace perspective but it does at least point towards good intelligence from our scouting network. Brentford owner Matthew Benham is credited with a pioneering method of player identification which has led the club to sign countless undervalued talents who’ve later been sold for impressive profits. The names Andre Gray and Scott Hogan will ring a bell with many football fans and with both men having been identified by Brentford as potential stars, their interest in Yearwood is heartening.
Given our long-term hopes of landing the teenager, you’d like to think we’d be capable of pushing this deal over the line in January, should we really want to. He’s unlikely to make it straight into our starting line-up but given the start he’s had to life in the professional game, it would certainly make for an exciting move on our part.