No offers for Dean, says Smith

Dean Smith says Brentford have not received any offers for Harlee Dean.

The defender is in the final year of his contract at Griffin Park and has been told he will not regain the captaincy unless he signs a new deal.

He is keeping his options open and there is some interest in him, with Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull monitoring the situation ahead of this month’s transfer deadline. 

But there have been no firm offers for the 26-year-old, who was signed from Southampton in 2012. Brentford would ask for at least £2m were an approach to be made. 

Bees boss Smith said: “There’s no contract at the moment. He’s not signed and we’ve not had any offers or bids or interest shown.

“Harlee and myself have a really good relationship and he understands why I’ve taken the armband away from him.”

Bristol City have also been linked with Dean but their manager Lee Johnson has denied any interest.

Speaking after his team’s 2-2 draw at Brentford on Tuesday, Johnson said: “I think Harlee Dean is a fantastic player but not one we’d do at this stage.

“He’s got a contract at Brentford and we’ve got four centre-halves. That’d be a no.”