Premier League clubs Burnley and Leeds United are monitoring Nottingham Forest gem Brennan Johnson, The Athletic has reported.

The Whites have sent scouts to watch the youngster in action during his loan with Lincoln City this season.

He has scored seven goals in 23 appearances for the Imps and is now attracting top-flight intertest.

There is also some interest from abroad in the Forest academy graduate.

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Belgium outfit Royal Union Saint-Gilloise are also considering a bid for Johnson.

They are in the race to win promotion to the top-flight and are owned by Brighton and Hove Albion chief Tony Bloom.

Interest is high in the youngster and Brentford of the Championship are named in the report too.

It is thought, however, that Forest won’t entertain selling to a divisional rival.

Johnson has played eight times for the Forest first-team, largely in central midfield.

During his loan with Lincoln he has played in a number of more advanced roles, either on the flanks or through the middle as a No.10.

Lincoln are flying high in League One and look to be on course for a Championship place next season.

Johnson has already earned recognition with the Wales team and looks set for a bright future.

It has already been mentioned that it’s highly unlikely Forest will recall Johnson from his loan this month.

Does the interest in Johnson come as any surprise?

Not really. Clubs are familiar with Forest and the work they do with their younger players coming through the academy.

Johnson is the latest in a long line to attract interest and at this stage it appears to be nothing more than admiring glances.

The 19-year-old looks destined for stardom one way or another and the hope will be that Forest can at least see some of his talents next season.

It doesn’t look as though a recall is on the cards this season but Forest could do a lot worse.

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Chris Hughton has struggled for creativity all season, whilst Johnson has showcased his creative instincts at Lincoln.

The hope will be that the Reds can survive this season and that start building foundations during the next campaign.

Hopefully, that will include Johnson featuring regularly for Forest.

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