After narrowly missing out on the Playoffs last campaign, Dean Smith will be actively looking to improve his squad this summer in order to try and mount a promotion charge. Here are three players that the Bees could sign to push for top six finish:

Oliver Norwood, Brighton & Hove Albion – Norwood spent time on loan at Fulham last season and helped the Cottagers win the Playoffs. He found first team football hard to come by at Craven Cottage but was a regular on the subs bench and made an appearance at Wembley. He is a man who knows what it takes to get promoted having tasted promotion in his past three seasons with Huddersfield, Brighton, and Fulham. He looks like he is surplus to requirements at the Amex Stadium and would be a fantastic signing for Dean Smith’s side.

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Tommy Elphick, Aston Villa – There has been rumours linking Andreas Bjelland with a move away from Griffin Park and Elphick could certainly replace the Dane. He spent time at Reading last season and played a key part in helping the Royals avoid relegation. It appears that the former Bournemouth man is out of favour with Steve Bruce and he could be persuaded to let the defender leave on the cheap due to Villa’s perilous financial position. He is another man with experience of winning promotion to the top tier and would help sure up the Brentford back line.

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Kieran Dowell, Everton – The England U21 international impressed during his time with Nottingham Forest last season as he finished top scorer at the City Ground with 10 goals. as well as assisting on 5 occasions.  Dowell is rated highly at Goodison Park and Marco Silva will be reluctant to let him leave on a permanent deal, so a loan deal could be the best option. With Romaine Sawyers being tracked by West Brom, Dowell could fill the void if Sawyers was to depart.

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