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Jul 15, 2022   |  1:56AM AET

Strakosha signs for Brentford following Lazio departure

Strakosha signs for Brentford following Lazio departure

Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has joined Brentford following his departure from Lazio.

Strakosha has signed a three-year deal, which contains the option of a further 12 months, and follows Aaron Hickey and Keane Lewis-Potter in joining Brentford ahead of their second season in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old made more than 200 appearances for Lazio, but he did not sign a new deal with the Serie A side and became a free agent at the start of July.

He will link up with his new team-mates on the German leg of their pre-season tour in the coming days.

“I am pleased that we have managed to sign a top goalkeeper,” Brentford boss Thomas Frank told the club’s official website. 

“He has been number one at Lazio for a long time, which is very impressive. He has played in Serie A and European competition and will bring that experience with him. 

“He fits our goalkeeper model and comes into a good environment with David Raya and Matthew Cox pushing each other every day.”

Greek-born Strakosha has been capped 19 times for Albania and was also touted as a possible target for fellow Premier League sides Manchester United and Fulham. 

Brentford, who twice broke their transfer record in signing Hickey and then Lewis-Potter over the past week, begin their new campaign at Leicester City on August 7.

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