Dean Smith has insisted Brentford are not looking to sell any of their players but, if a club were to offer the right price, they would consider it.
Bees striker Scott Hogan has been linked with a host of clubs and reports today have claimed Reading have made a £9million bid for the frontman.
Smith, though, said last year that it is the January transfer window, not the January sales but accepted Hogan's desire to play at the highest level he can.
The Brentford head coach said: “We're not looking to sell any of our players. Economics comes into it as it did last year but we're not looking to sell.
“I've read what Scott has said (to GetWestLondon). He wants to play at the highest level he can. I'd expect any of our players to want to play at the highest level. There's been speculation about Scott pretty much since I've been here.”
That said, Smith did confirm that the club are scouting for a potential replacement for Hogan but this is standard practice as every club has a list of players to target in the event of any player getting injured or sold.
He added: “We're looking at players all the time. We have a recruitment meeting every two weeks.
“We'd be stupid not to make sure we have things covered. We're looking at strengthening in the window if we can.”
Hogan has a history of injury problems, notably the two anterior cruciate ligament injuries suffered in his first season at the club.
So, if Hogan were to suffer an injury, the club would act in that case as well.
Smith explained: “We've got to have our fingers on the pulse in case of an injury to Scott. We've got Lasse and Hoff who can play there. Romaine can as well as can Sullay Kaikai but it'd be a secondary role for them.”
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