New Nottingham Forest CEO Dane Murphy will hold talks with Brennan Johnson over a new contract this summer, according to The Athletic.
The report claims, Brentford have made a bid of £3.5 million, plus a series of add-ons for the 20-year-old attacker. It is unlikely that the offer will tempt Forest into a sale.
Now, Murphy wants to tie down Johnson to a new contract. Although that might not stop him from leaving, it will give Forest a little more insurance with regards to a transfer fee.
Brentford are thought to be happy to go to £5 million but that’s unlikely to spark Forest’s attention at this stage.
Johnson shone on loan at Lincoln last season. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists as the Imps reached the play-off final in League One.
He has been linked with several clubs. Leeds, Barnsley and Leicester are among the Bees when it comes to interested parties.
Boss Chris Hughton won’t want to lose him though. He has spoken of a desire to bolster his attacking ranks and he won’t want to see any more forward-thinking players leave.
Johnson is the son of former Reds talisman, David, and he will hope to emulate his senior by having an impact on the Reds first team.
New Johnson deal would be step in the right direction
With 20 years now passed since the Reds last played Premier League football, it’s hardly a surprise Forest are a selling club.
The Reds have to refrain from offloading Johnson this summer. He was brilliant for Lincoln and showcased the potential to take the Championship by storm.
Forest are short of wingers. With Sammy Ameobi leaving, the Reds only have Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley for the wide areas and reinforcements could be required.
Before any new attackers come in though, Johnson deserves a chance. He has eight Forest appearances to his name and now a regular run is calling.
Murphy worked wonders during his time at Barnsley. If he can tempt Johnson into signing a new deal, Forest supporters would instantly worship the American key figure.