Dean has been on the books of Brentford on a permanent contract since 2012 following a loan spell from Southampton.
Forest fans have taken to Twitter to give their reaction to speculation linking the club with a move for Brentford defender Dean this summer.
Below are some of the best comments:
Getting Ronnow and Harlee Dean signed up would certainly strengthen us defensively and would be perfect for us. Hope they can get done #nffc— Forest Fanzone (@forestfanzone) August 27, 2017
Desperately need some new defenders, Elphick is available, So is Harlee Dean.— Craig (@Craig74Davies) August 27, 2017
Dean, Ronnow and Mcginn in with some more of the deadwood out and I'd call that an amazing window and turnaround #nffc— NG9NFFC ☆☆ (@justinslany) August 27, 2017
Four days for Warburton to put the finishing touches to the squad. Rønnøw and Dean maybe? #NFFC— Woof Zip Criminal (@fritzromanov) August 27, 2017
Harlee Dean heading to forest ????? I BLOODY HOPE SO #NFFC— Kaine Barr nffc (@kainebarr) August 25, 2017
I'd like Harlee dean to come here but can't see it happening #nffc— Bradley (@McBrads95) August 25, 2017
#NFFC I did say weeks ago Harly Dean would be a good signing..contract runs out in june and refusing to sign a new one— Chris urban (@MrUrban83) August 25, 2017
If the link is true Harlee dean would be a great addition in imo experienced workhorse— Kaine Barr nffc (@kainebarr) August 25, 2017
Forest are sixth in the Championship table at the moment with nine points from five matches.
The Reds narrowly avoided relegation to League One at the end of last season and will be aiming to finish in the top six of the Championship during the 2017-18 campaign.