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Brentford defender Harlee Dean reportedly still linked to Leeds United

With Matthew Pennington not close to returning, could Leeds move to sign Dean?

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While all of the focus right now for Leeds United fans probably is on what decision the club makes about Chris Wood, Leeds have been quietly linked to a number of defensive targets. And while some of the international targets rumors seem to have gone by the wayside, a few domestic ones are still burning brightly.

Brentford centre back Harlee Dean has been linked with a possible move to Leeds United before, with Sheffield Wednesday allegedly also in the picture to snap up his signature, but those rumors of interest from Leeds surfaced again today. And while the club is saying that they are not concerned about a possible move away from Griffin Park for Dean, it’s still not a good sign that they are talking about players leaving, even if manager Dean Smith is putting on a brave, aloof face about the whole thing.

Of course, to add fuel to the fire, it was rumored that you could hear Harlee Dean singing “Marching On Together” in the background of a video that Brentford posted back in July. Now, this isn’t exactly smoking gun proof of anything other than a player possibly signing one of the most famous songs in all of football, but it’s still something to think about, no?

Much of the speculation revolves around Dean’s apparent refusal to sign a new contract, as his current deal is up in less than 12 months. Dean has been a mainstay at the club for years, and losing him would be a blow for the West London club.

Dean’s also had his captain’s armband removed by the manager until he signs a new deal. And while the manager has said all the right things about the move, the defender can’t be happy to be stapled to the bench and been stripped of his captaincy, despite what is being said in public.

So will Dean make the trek to Yorkshire, and if he does, will it be to Hillsborough or Elland Road? Time will tell, but this rumor has a little more smoke, even if it’s not burning brightly yet.