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Brentford sign Freiburg forward Schade on loan ahead of club-record deal

    Brentford have signed Freiburg forward Kevin Schade on an initial loan deal until the end of the season ahead of a club-record permanent move in the summer.

    The Bees - who beat Liverpool on Monday to move ninth in the Premier League - expect the German to sign a five-year contract at the end of the season in a deal worth around £20m if performance-related incentives are met.

    The 21-year-old helped Freiburg finish sixth in the Bundesliga last season and has scored twice in the current campaign.

    Schade's signing comes amid an uncertain short-term future around star striker Ivan Toney, who has been charged by the FA with 262 breaches of betting rules.

    "I think Kevin is a typical Brentford signing. He is a young, promising talent that we see a big potential in," Brentford head coach Thomas Frank told the club website.

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