Brentford manager Dean Smith has told the clubs official YouTube Channel that James Tarkowski and Alan Judge are not for sale. He also confirmed that they have recently rejected bids for the pair.

It is no secret that two of the Bees’ most prized-assets have been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation over the course of this season. With the January transfer window now open for business, it has seen that interest step up to the next level. Burnley saw an offer for Tarkowski turned down, whilst Sheffield Wednesday were thwarted in their attempts to lure Judge to Hillsborough.

Smith, who recently became manager after leaving Walsall and meets his former club in the FA Cup this weekend, insists that he isn’t interested in selling his key players,

“There always will be interest in players when your team is doing well.

We’ve have bids for Alan Judge and James Tarkowski but we’ve turned both of them down as we don’t want to sell our players.

We feel that we’re moving upwards and improving and we want to keep our better players at the football club.

They’re from clubs in the same league as us. We want to keep our players and keep improving.”

Many Bees supporters are of the opinion that Judge has been their best player this season, whilst Tarkowski has found himself a regular fixture in the Brentford back four ever since signing from Oldham. Smith has showed a real signal of intent to the rest of the Championship but insisting that nobody is leaving, which will only please the Griffin Park faithful.


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