Nottingham Forest and Brennan Johnson have reached an impasse in talks over a new contract for the 20-year-old starlet.

According to The Athletic though, it isn’t all bad news. Johnson is still keen to sign a new deal at Forest and holds a desire to remain at the City Ground.

The youngster registered his first assist for Forest on Sunday; laying on Lyle Taylor’s goal in the 2-1 defeat to Coventry.

Johnson has been linked with a move away from the City Ground. Brentford, Leeds and Barnsley have all been linked with a move for the youngster.

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Johnson in action for Forest; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images)


The young forward rejecting the deal will have stunned Forest, although there is hope that terms can be agreed upon.

It is thought that the issue right now comes over the length of the contract and whether or not a release clause is inserted into a new deal.

Forest are still hopeful of getting things tied up and that will be music to the ears of supporters.

Johnson was impressive on loan at Lincoln last term. He fired 13 goals and claimed 14 assists as the Imps reached the League One play-off final.

Forest have to keep Johnson

Just one game into the new campaign and the academy graduate has highlighted just how important he will be to Forest this season.

A new contract would offer the Reds some security over a player who could be worth an absolute fortune next summer.

The new deal would at least see Forest get themselves a good deal for the player should the time come to sell.

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Johnson set up the Forest goal on Sunday; Photo; James Williamson; AMA; Getty Images)

Brentford have seen two bids rejected this summer and the Reds will hope to stand firm as the Bees continue pursuing the player.

Selling Johnson would be catastrophic. With the season now begun, a replacement would be tricky to find and Forest will hope the next round of negotiations will be more successful.

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