FA Cup winners Leicester City are in the mix to sign Nottingham Forest talent Brennan Johnson this summer, according to The Athletic.
The 20-year-old was in scintillating form for Lincoln City last season. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists for the Imps as they reached the League One play-off final.
Now, several clubs are keen. The report suggests Leeds United, Barnsley, Brentford and now the Foxes are all monitoring the youngster.
Johnson was in superb form for Michael Appleton’s team. His loan spell should have done wonders for his confidence ahead of next season.
Forest supporters will hope Johnson remains in place at the City Ground. Despite making eight appearances in the Garibaldi already, he would be set for a proper chance next season.
It does seem as though the Reds might have to cash in on one of their assets. Johnson looks to be slightly behind Joe Worrall in that list, although he’s more likely to go than Alex Mighten.
Forest boss Chris Hughton has spoken of a desire to sign more attacking players. In Johnson he has a player returning to the club who could bolster the final third considerably.
Sabri Lamouchi used him during the 2019/20 campaign. He called him ‘unbelievable’ during that season and was clearly a fan.
As a result, Forest should perhaps do whatever it takes to keep the young academy graduate at the City Ground next season.
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It seems as though every year, the Reds face a barrage of requests from Premier League clubs for their players.
Having not tasted Premier League football for over 20 years, that’s not really a surprise. Until they reach the Promised Land the strategy will probably remain the same.
Johnson has to be kept around, however. He showed at Lincoln that on his day he is exciting, creative and ultimately that he knows where the net is.
Forest struggled for goals last season and they have to change that during 2021/22. With Johnson in attack, they could become a real force and he thoroughly deserves his opportunity.
The Reds have to decline any advances for their young star even if Leeds or Leicester come calling.