Balkestein set for Bees return

Defender set to seal free transfer

Balkestein: Set for Griffin Park

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Skysports.com understands Brentford are close to sealing a deal for former loanee Pim Balkestein.

The 23-year-old Dutchman had a spell on loan with the Bees last season, and made 14 starts for the club.

Balkestein is available on a free transfer after being released by Ipswich Town at the end of last season.

A number of clubs have been linked with Balkestein, but Brentford have been leading the chase for the defender all summer.

It now appears Bees boss Andy Scott is ready to finally land his man with Balkestein currently training with the club as he waits for his move to go through.