The future of Peterborough United winger Siriki Dembele remains unclear in the early stages of the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old has handed in a transfer request at the League One club, as he looks to pursue a new challenge away from the London Road Stadium.
Dembele has been in impressive form this season, having scored six goals and been on hand to provide five assists in his 21 appearances for Peterborough United this term.
A recent report from The Sun has revealed that Brentford are keen on landing his signature, with former Posh forward Ivan Toney trying to convince Dembele to sign for the Bees this month.
Toney has gone on to play a starring role for Brentford this season, as they target promotion into the Premier League, with the 24-year-old scoring 16 goals in 27 appearances for Thomas Frank’s side.
However, it appears as though Brentford’s reported interest in signing Dembele might not be true, with Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry revealing that the Bees haven’t made contact with the club over a deal.
“We heard a rumour Brentford were interested in Siriki weeks ago so we checked it out and they denied it.
“I dare say Ivan did recommend him, but Brentford have not made contact and we don’t expect them to.
“Our line remains the same. We are not interested in losing our best players in January.”
Dembele and his Peterborough United team-mates are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on the MK Dons, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Posh.
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I’d be surprised if he was a Peterborough United player by the end of the month.
I’m all for clubs wanting to keep their best players around, but Dembele has already handed in a transfer request, which means that he wants to move elsewhere before the January transfer window reaches a conclusion.
Therefore, I think Peterborough should cash-in on him whilst his value is still relatively high, as they won’t want to have an unhappy player on their hands if they refuse to move him on.
He’s clearly not short of offers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the interested clubs are to submit a formal offer for his services in the coming weeks.