Brentford seal first signing as Prem club, as ‘dominant midfielder’ joins

Brentford seal first signing as Prem club, as ‘dominant midfielder’ joins

Brentford have signed Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka, who would be their first Premier League signing.

For an undisclosed fee, the 23-year-old has come from FC Midtjylland, where Bees owner Matthew Benham is the majority shareholder.

Onyeka has secured a five-year deal in west London after passing a physical and receiving a work permit.

Last season, he appeared in both of Midtjylland’s Champions League matches against Liverpool, a 1-1 draw in Denmark and a 2-0 loss at Anfield.

“I am looking forward to getting Frank in the building,” Bees manager Thomas Frank said on the club website.

“We think he’ll be a great addition to the team, and we’re excited to work with him. He’s a player with a lot of energy.

“In our system, Frank is an eight. He can get from box to box quickly and will be useful to us when we don’t have the ball.

“He came from the Danish league, where he was one of the finest midfielders in the country. We believe he has the capacity to grow even more.

“All of the coaches here are excited to work with Frank and push him to new heights.”

“Frank Onyeka is a player we, for obvious reasons, know very well,” said Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football.

“He has developed into a dominant midfielder in the Danish league over the previous two years, and his performances in the Champions League last season convinced us that he is ready for the Premier League.

“I am confident Frank will be a terrific addition to the Brentford squad with his quickness, power, and ability to win the ball.”

Onyeka arrived in London on Monday and will spend the next few days quarantined before joining his new teammates.

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