Dean Smith has admitted that Brentford may be unable to prevent Alan Judge leaving the club during the January transfer window if one of the interested sides chasing his signature make a bid that meets their valuation, Get West London reports.
Sky Sports reported earlier in the month that Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday were both considering a move for the 27-year-old. And while Smith will undoubtedly want to keep the Irishman, he conceded that there may be little he can do if a suitable bid comes in.
"It's very hard to know what is going to happen. Everybody, bar Man City's players probably, have a value and if that value is met it's hard to say no to," he said, as reported by Get West London.
Get West London reports that the Bees value their talisman at £6m, and it is not difficult to understand why they are so keen to keep hold of him beyond this month.
Only strikers Abel Hernandez, Andre Gray and Ross McCormack have scored more than the 12 strikes that Judge has managed in the Championship this season. And he has backed that up with seven assists to keep the club on the periphery of the play-off picture.
And while £6m would enable Smith to strengthen the squad considerably, he will surely be desperate for all interested sides to put their chequebooks away for this window, as replacing Judge would be a nearly impossible task.