Brentford boss Thomas Frank insists that the Championship club do not want to sell Celtic target Rico Henry before the Scottish deadline shuts.
Whilst clubs in the top two tiers in England can no longer buy players, those north of the border have until September 2 to add to their squad.
And, Neil Lennon is keen on bringing in a left-back to Parkhead after Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in a club-record £25m deal with the only current senior option, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, failing to convince since arriving last month.
Therefore, competition in that department is seen as a priority and the Daily Record have revealed that the Hoops have been watching the £7m-rated Henry extensively.
But, Frank told West London Sport that he wants to keep the 22-year-old who has started both of the Bees games this season.
“Rico is one of our most talented players. We all know how difficult it is to find good left-footed full-backs and wing-backs and he’s one of the most talented in the division. So we definitely want to keep him longer term.”
It is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out because Brentford shouldn’t need to sell given the funds that were brought in during the summer window.
However, every player has a price and the chance to join the Glasgow giants is going to appeal to Henry, particularly if Celtic reach the Champions League group stage.
Either way though, they should have the cash to make a suitable offer given the Tierney sale, although the hierarchy at the Scottish champions have been reluctant to splash out in the past.
From Brentford’s perspective, with the window shut it would be a huge blow if they did lose Henry in the coming weeks.
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