Nottingham Forest talent Brennan Johnson is still on Brentford’s radar and the Bees are considering a player plus £6 million deal, according to The Sun.
The forward is a wanted man and Forest face a real fight to keep hold of their talisman ahead of the transfer window closing.
It doesn’t claim in the report which player Brentford are considering offering, although it’s unlikely to catch Forest’s attention.
The Reds will desperately want to keep hold of their prized youngster, with the big kick-off just one week away.
Johnson spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Lincoln. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists with the Imps losing in the League One play-off final.
He’s been in good form during pre-season for the Reds. He scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with Crewe and also scored as Forest beat Alfreton Town.
The Wales international is now wanted by Brentford, with the Bees undeterred in their attempts to prise him away from the City Ground.
Their next bid is set to include a player and cash, with supporters now getting anxious over the big kick-off next week.
Can Forest keep hold of Johnson?
They certainly have to try. The Reds haven’t added any players to their outfield ranks and supporters would be thoroughly annoyed were Johnson to be sold.
Brentford will have significant financial clout after winning promotion and it’ll be interesting to see if Forest can stand firm.
The Reds offering regular football must be a big incentive. After his heroics last season, Johnson can’t risk his development being hampered by playing a peripheral role at Brentford.
If Forest make the 20-year-old integral, there seems no reason why Johnson wouldn’t stick at the Reds for at least another season.