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Brentford have raided west London rivals Chelsea for the signing of Myles Peart-Harris.

The teenage midfielder, an England Under-19 international, has moved for an undisclosed fee and signed a four-year deal – including the option for a further 12 months – with Thomas Frank’s newly-promoted side, who are gearing up for their maiden season in the Premier League.

Peart-Harris’ arrival comes during a busy week on the transfer front for Championship play-off winners Brentford, who broke their transfer record on Wednesday to sign Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer for £13.5million.

Earlier this week, the Bees also completed an £8.5m deal for midfielder Frank Onyeka from Danish club FC Midtjylland.

The trio represent Brentford’s first signings as a Premier League outfit.

Meanwhile, Peart-Harris is the latest youngster to depart Chelsea, having entered the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

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Brentford made it 10th time lucky as they beat 10-man Swansea 2-0 in the Championship play-off final to reach the Premier League for the first time.

Goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes saw the Bees finally break their play-off hoodoo after all nine of their previous attempts had ended in failure.

It was swift redemption for Thomas Frank’s side, back at Wembley Stadium just nine months after losing to Fulham in last season’s delayed final.

There was to be no repeat of that heartbreak for the Bees, who in securing promotion will become the 50th different club to play in the Premier League.

They also ended the so-called curse of the red and white stripes, which has seen teams in Brentford’s colours feature in 33 play-off campaigns without achieving promotion. Lincoln, playing Blackpool in Sunday’s League One final, will surely have taken note.

It was somehow fitting that Brentford put paid to those statistical anomalies, given how their success is underpinned by a data-driven recruitment policy, and now the west London number-crunchers can factor an extra £160million or so into the kitty.

It was also fitting that Toney, who has flourished after being brought in at the start of the season to fill the void left by the sale of star players Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, was the man to open the scoring.

Just 10 minutes had elapsed when Bryan Mbeumo darted between two defenders to reach a through ball from Sergi Canos and was wiped out by Swans goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Toney had not missed a penalty all season and he was not about to start now, the prolific striker slotting his 33rd goal of the season into the bottom corner.

It was the start Swansea, so tight at the back but not exactly prolific in attack, would have dreaded – and things quickly got worse.

When Andre Ayew was dispossessed in the Brentford penalty area in the 20th minute Mbeumo was able to race upfield unchallenged.

Assistance arrived in the overlapping Mads Roerslev, who lifted the ball across goal for Marcondes to slam home first time.

Swansea were reeling and their noisy band of 5,000 supporters, among a restricted crowd of 11,689, were almost silenced when Toney chested the ball down before seeing his volley hit the underside of the crossbar.

Ayew looped a header onto the bar before half-time and then glanced another inches wide at the start of the second half as Swansea looked for a way back.

But their chances all-but ended in the 65th minute when Jay Fulton was shown a straight red card for an ugly-looking, but clumsy, lunge on Mathias Jensen.

It was a sad end to a fine campaign for Swansea and their manager Steve Cooper as they succumbed to Brentford in the play-offs for the second successive season, having lost last year’s semi-final.

But for Frank – the first Danish manager to win a promotion in England – and his forward-thinking club, the top flight beckons for the first time since 1947 and their new Community Stadium, empty for the majority of its maiden season, will be abuzz with Premier League football in August.

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Brentford and Swansea have issued a joint statement calling for more fans to be allowed in to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final on Saturday at Wembley.

Both clubs have questioned the 10,000-capacity limit set for the match, compared to the 21,000 who were present as Leicester beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final earlier this month.

Brentford chief executive Jon Varney called the decision “incredulous and unjustifiable”, and admitted that the football authorities were “powerless” to increase the crowd limit without Government intervention.

Varney said: “We feel it is unjust that only a few days ago, more than 20,000 fans were admitted to the FA Cup final and advanced discussions were taking place for Wembley to host the Champions League final with a similar number of fans attending.
“We find it incredulous and unjustifiable that the Championship play-off final will be restricted to just half that number.

“The 12 Sky Bet play-off semi-finalists joined together last week to plead for an increased capacity, but to no avail. We want to make one last call for something to be done to allow more fans in.”

Fans have launched a petition against the terms of the existing arrangement, as both clubs will only have 4,000 supporters each cheering them on towards a place in the Premier League.

Swansea chief executive Julian Winter described the allocation as “unfair”, adding: “The FA Cup final recently hosted over 20,000 spectators which helped generate a fantastic atmosphere for both teams – something which has been sorely missed over the past 14 months.

“Supporters are the lifeblood of the game we all love, and it is such a shame that more of them cannot be at Wembley to cheer on their team in what will be a brilliant occasion for all those clubs involved in the play-off final weekend.”

League One play-off finalists Lincoln have also registered their disappointment at receiving less than 4,000 tickets for their match against Blackpool, describing the allocation as “disappointing”.

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Tottenham Hotspur reached the League Cup final after goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min sank Championship side Brentford 2-0 on Tuesday to set up a clash with Manchester United or Manchester City in April’s showpiece match.

Fellow London side Brentford, playing in their first semifinal in a major cup competition, started brightly but fell behind in the 12th minute when unmarked French midfielder Sissoko headed in a fine Sergio Reguilon cross from the left.

The visitors, who had beaten four top-flight teams on their way to the semis, thought they had drawn level after the break when striker Ivan Toney headed home but the goal was disallowed for a very tight offside, which was spotted by VAR.

Toney’s grounded knee was ruled to be offside before he rose to head in from close range after Ethan Pinnock nodded a cross back across the face of goal.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side responded to that let-off with South Korean forward Son collecting a fine pass from Tanguy Ndombele and bursting goalwards before slotting past goalkeeper David Raya to make it 2-0 after 70 minutes.

Brentford’s disappointment was compounded when Josh Dasilva was sent off six minutes from time for an over-the-top challenge on Tottenham’s Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was immediately substituted with blood streaming down his shin.

“It’s a game that takes us to a final to, probably, but I hope not, an empty Wembley final but of course I’m very happy,” said Mourinho, who has won the League Cup four times in his career — three with Chelsea and once with Manchester United.

“The final is now in a pocket for three months, we have to wait for the final so we have to focus on what we have coming up… so let’s forget the final for now. But when April arrives we have to be ready and to fight for the trophy,” he added.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank added: “It was an open game, we had a top attitude, we were brave and an equaliser wouldn’t have been a totally unfair result against a world-class team.

“If you want to go to a final against a top team, you need the margins with you but then they show class to get a second and after that it was game over.”

Spurs have not lifted a major trophy since their League Cup triumph over Chelsea in 2008 but this will be their ninth final in the competition, which they have won four times.

The showpiece match will be held at Wembley on April 25, after the Football League moved the date back from February to increase the chances of fans being able to attend.

United host City in the other semifinal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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West Ham United held productive talks with Brentford over the signing of Said Benrahma at the weekend, reports say.

It has been reported that West Ham could meet Brentford’s asking price by offering £20 million plus lucrative add-ons, with the Championship club valuing the winger at £25 million.

The report has added that the Hammers are ‘increasingly likely’ to secure the services of the 25-year-old before the summer transfer window in England closes this Friday.

Benrahma is a very exciting footballer who scores goals and creates chances for his teammates.

Described as “a tricky player” by his Brentford teammate Henrik Dalsgaard in WestLondonSport in June 2020, the winger scored 17 goals and provided nine assists in the Championship last season and scored 10 goals and provided 14 assists in the league in 2018-19.

The Algeria international who can also operate as a forward would make the Hammers a better and more potent team in attack, especially with Felipe Anderson having left West Ham for FC Porto on loan.

With Benrahma in the team, West Ham fans can expect to watch some brilliant football.