Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says striker Darren Bent is not for sale ahead of the close of the transfer window.
It is understood Saphir Taider is set to leave Southampton just three weeks after arriving on a season-long loan.
Brest have sacked coach Landry Chauvin.
The Brittany club have slipped into the Ligue 1 relegation zone after just one win, and six points, in their last 10 games. They are currently two points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.
A statement on the club's official website this morning read: "Stade Brestois recognise a series of bad results which have put the club's Ligue 1 survival in peril.
"This situation has led Michel Guyot, president of Stade Brestois, after consultation with the principal directors, to separate from coach Landry Chauvin.
"The club's directors will advise very soon on the appointment of a new coach."