West London Sport reports that Sky Bet Championship side Brentford are prepared to let Philipp Hofmann leave the club. It is understood that he is available to go either permanently or on a loan deal. Last season he only made 11 appearances for the Bees.

In total, the Brentford frontman has only started five league encounters since making the move from German side Kaiserslautern back in 2015. He cost just over £1million but hasn’t exactly represented value for money so far. It would be fair to point out he has had his injury problems too, but it has been frustrating for him ever since moving to Griffin Park.

The last time he scored a goal for Brentford was all the way back in January 2016. This came in a 2-1 away defeat to Birmingham City. If that is too long for you to remember (and who could blame you!), then check out the video at the bottom of this page to give you a little refresher!

It would be quite likely to assume a move back overseas is the most likely next step if Hofmann’s career. He began his career coming from the ranks at Schalke 04, so perhaps the German is most likely to head back to his homeland in the coming weeks. Brentford head coach Dean Smith certainly wouldn’t lose too much sleep if he did lose the striker. Obviously he’ll be looking to strengthen this department anyway, regardless if Hofmann is staying or going anyway. The player turned 24 a few months ago and is now at a critical point in his career.

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