Report: Leeds in hunt to sign 26-year-old enforcer, manager reacts by stripping him of captaincy
By Aramide Oladipo
Leeds United have shown an interest in signing Brentford central defender Harlee Dean this month, according to a report.
West London Sport claims that the Yorkshire club are keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, who is still yet to sign a new contract with the Championship outfit.
However, as quoted in the report, Brentford manager Dean Smith has revealed there have been no offers from any club for the £2million-rated defender, who has been stripped of his captaincy for the Greater London club this season.
“There’s no contract at the moment,” he said
“He’s not signed and we’ve not had any offers or bids or interest shown.”
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The report claims that Leeds are not the only side keeping an eye on Dean as fellow Championship teams Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday are also monitoring his situation.
It is said that the player is keeping his options open before the transfer window closes.
Dean has been the main enforcer in the Brentford back-four since securing a permanent move from Southampton five years ago.
The defender played a integral role in helping the club achieve promotion from League One to the Championship in 2014 and he has been key in keeping them in the division.
Dean currently has one year remaining on his contract with the Championship side.
Football Insider verdict
Dean would certainly add more steel to the Leeds defensive set-up this season. The defender has made over 100 appearances in the Championship and there is no doubt that his inclusion in the squad would boost their chances of securing promotion. Leeds are already fairly strong defensively but there is no harm in adding an extra defensive option especially with a long and gruelling campaign ahead. Dean would also bring leadership skills to the dressing room as he captained Brentford last season and he seemed to revel in that role. Leeds would have to come with a substantial bid in order to secure his signature as his absence would be costly for Brentford.