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Bees boss wants Donaldson stay

17 December 2013

Recently-installed Brentford manager Mark Warburton has highlighted his intent to secure striker Clayton Donaldson to a longer deal ahead of the January transfer window.

The former Crewe striker's current contract is due to expire next summer and, having already netted 10 times this season, his new boss is keen to ward off interest from other Football League clubs.

"We've met with his agent several times to see what he's looking for," Warburton told the Fulham Chronicle.

"Clayton's one of our older players and he's a very ambitious guy. He's got aspirations to play in the Championship, but we want that to be with Brentford.

"Both parties will talk again before Christmas.

"We didn't pay a fee for Clayton. He's provided a great service to the club and has certainly given us value for money. We're looking to keep him.

"If Clayton's enjoying his football and scoring goals he'll be happy, and if he's happy he'll certainly want to stay at Brentford."

Donaldson attracted reported interest from Wolves, among others, during last summer's transfer window but, with Brentford lying third in the League One table, the 29-year-old could be plying his trade in the Championship next season should he extend his stay at Griffin Park.

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