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Saints manager Derek McInnes has confirmed he has spoken to Brentford but refused to discuss a possible move to the npower League One side.
The west London club parted company with manager Andy Scott in February, with striker Nicky Forster taking charge on a caretaker basis.
Although the McDiarmid Park chairman Geoff Brown does not believe it is the right move for the former Rangers and Dundee United midfielder, Brentford are set to offer the appropriate compensation to get their man.
``I can confirm that I have spoken to Brentford,'' McInnes told Press Association Sport this morning.
``But that's all I am going to say about the matter at the moment.''
McInnes, 39, has been in charge of the club since 2007 and has been linked in the past with vacant managerial posts at Watford and former club West Brom.
Brentford finished 11 in League One this season but the Saints boss would have a far bigger budget to work with than at McDiarmid Park should he make the move.
McInnes is preparing for St Johnstone's final two Clydesdale Bank Premier League games against Hamilton on Tuesday night and St Mirren on Saturday but with Brentford's bid now in the public domain, he may have to make a decision this week.