Brentford snap up teenage midfielder

Brentford have signed teenage midfielder Josh Ekim on a one-year contract following a successful trial.

Ekim, a 19-year-old of Turkish-Cypriot descent, was previously on Tottenham’s books and has joined from the Nike Academy.

He featured for Brentford’s development squad in four recent matches and impressed enough to be offered a deal at Griffin Park.

After leaving Spurs in January 2010, he had a spell with Turkish club Trabzonspor before returning to England.

Ekim then linked up with the Nike Academy, which is a team based at Loughborough University that seeks to offer youngsters a way into – or in some cases back into – the professional game.