Brentford star Harlee Dean has reportedly made the decision to reject the chance of joining Leeds United, according to the Mirror.
It now appears that Dean will be set for Birmingham City, as the Blues have fought off competition from both Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday. Hull City were another club keeping tabs on Dean – the Tigers have signed Nouha Dicko and Jackson Irvine in the past two days.
During their live transfer blog, the Mirror claimed that the 26-year-old had an offer from Leeds, which he ’emphatically’ rejected in favour of a move to St. Andrew’s.
Harlee Dean has been a crucial member of the first team for Brentford during his long spell at the club, but, as he enters the final year of his contract, the Bees may look to sell to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.
The fee is reportedly around the £2 million mark. A centre back has been top of Redknapp’s list this season; he has registered interest in Bristol City’s Aden Flint, Motherwell’s Ben Heneghan and free agent Sebastien Bassong, to name a few.
Birmingham’s deal bringing Dean to the club makes sense as defender Ryan Shotton edges closer to a move to Middlesbrough – a transfer that has been ongoing for nearly the full duration of the summer transfer window.
After they look certain to miss out on Dean, Leeds could still be after a centre-back, as the only players who traditionally play that position are Matthew Pennington, Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson. However, Conor Shaugnessy has featured at centre-half for the Whites this season.