A tribunal has decided that Brentford must pay Gillingham £400K after signing John Egan in the summer according to a report from Get West London.
The Bees signed Egan this summer after he turned down fresh terms with Gillingham but as the defender was aged under 24 years and that those fresh terms was an improved deal compared to the one he had with the Gills originally, Brentford were forced to pay compensation. But because the two clubs couldn’t agree on a fee in the summer, it went to a tribunal who would decide how much would get paid.
And now that tribunal has revealed that Brentford will be forced to pay Gillingham £400K, far less than the £1m that Gillingham were wanting originally. However there are some add on fees with the Gills set to get £25,000 for every 20 games that Egan plays while there will also be a 20% add-on fee. Because the former Sunderland man has already played 20 games for Brentford, the West London side will also have to pay an additional £25,000 straight away.
While this is one headache that Brentford can now put to bed after it was sorted out, they are still working out a deal for another move they made during the summer. They signed Daniel Bentley from Southend United on a free transfer but because he is also aged under 24, the Shrimpers are owed a compensation fee. This is yet to go to a tribunal as the two clubs are still negotiating over a fee for the player.