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Brentford search for striker options in case Toney hit with lengthy ban

Brentford are lining up potential striker options in the January transfer window in case Ivan Toney is hit with a significant ban.

The forward had originally been charged over 232 alleged breaches of betting rules in November and on Tuesday was charged with a further 30 alleged breaches of FA betting rules.

Brentford are doing due diligence on potential targets for next month but options are expected to be limited for director of football Phil Giles and his technical director Lee Dykes due to the specific set of requirements they need in these unique circumstances.

The club needs someone with Premier League experience, who can potentially hit the ground running with the goals necessary to maintain Brentford's good form this season or at least secure their top-flight status.

They do not yet know whether or for how long Toney could be banned, so convincing a player with these credentials to commit to them for a short period will be challenging.

Clubs are reluctant to let go of good players - even those who are mostly on the bench - because they never know when they might be needed. Brentford do not pay huge wages either, so may need the assistance of the parent club should a loan be the most viable route.

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