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EPL: Brentford hopeful of signing £16.7m Eriksen replacement

Brentford’s £16.7m offer for Danish midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard has been accepted by Sampdoria as the Bees close in on their replacement for Christian Eriksen.

The Bees are now discussing personal terms and hope to give the 22-year-old midfielder a medical in the coming days.

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Brentford are looking for a new attacking midfielder after losing out on Christian Eriksen to Manchester United this summer and Damsgaard is the player who filled the mantle in Eriksen’s stead for Denmark at Euro 2020, following Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

He scored twice during Denmark’s journey to the semi-finals, including the defeat to England at Wembley – and was then linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Damsgaard ultimately stayed in Serie A but only made 11 appearances last season after suffering a problem that kept him out of 27 games, from last October until mid-April.

Brentford want to get to the bottom of his fitness issues last season.

The west Londoners made their initial approach for Damsgaard a week ahead of their season opener against Leicester City next Sunday. Damsgaard caught the attention of other Premier League clubs ahead of Brentford’s accepted bid.

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