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Warburton to tie down loanees

Manager Mark Warburton has set his sights on tying up permanent deals for the players who helped seal Brentford's promotion.

The Bees have already guaranteed a second-placed finish in League One, meaning Warburton can immediately turn his attentions to the step up in class.

And it is the likes of Chelsea's George Saville, Fulham's Marcello Trotta and Blackburn's Alan Judge, all of whom have played a part in Brentford's rise, that Warburton is targeting.

He told West London Sport: "We want to speak to them about Saville, Trotta, Judge, but at the right time when it's good for them.

"Those players have done well for us and we'll have discussions with the clubs and see how the land lies.

"While it's important to us, we have to recognise what's going on at other clubs and try and time our discussions with them."

Such moves are part of Warburton's overall philosophy of evolution rather than revolution.

"We've got a very strong squad and most importantly these players have earned this move to the Championship," he added.

"Everyone is asking me about what players are coming in and whether there'll be wholesale changes, but this is a squad that has done very well and can more than hold their own in the Championship.

"So we are not looking for wholesale changes. If we can add quality in one or two key areas then we'll do it. It's about getting the right individuals for the right slots."