The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed on Twitter that Nottingham Forest are less likely to sell Brennan Johnson in January than they were in the summer.
The Reds rejected three bids from Brentford in the summer, with the last one reaching £10 million from the Premier League outfit.
Now, several clubs are in the race. The Daily Mail claimed today that Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle are all in the mix.
West Ham are also keen, whilst Brentford won’t have gone away either.
With a plethora of top-flight clubs interested, it doesn’t bode particularly well for Forest.
The Reds have been outside the Premier League for over 20 years and whilst that is the case they’ll remain a selling club.
It will be positive news, however, that transfer guru Nixon has claimed that Forest are now less likely to sell.
As with any transfer ‘expert’, however, they do get things wrong occasionally.
Johnson is enjoying a quality season for the Reds.
He has featured in every game during 2021/22, scoring five goals and claiming four assists as Forest try and hunt down a play-off place.
Keeping hold of Johnson has to be a priority for the Reds in January.
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It’s perhaps no surprise to see Forest doing well and Premier League clubs circling one of their top performing players.
Ultimately, those two things go hand in hand and it’s something Forest fans have become accustomed to over the years.
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This latest claim will offer fans hope though that Johnson can be a Reds star at the end of January.
A bid of £20 million will prove tricky to turn down and that could be a problem for Forest.
There will be plenty of twists and turns in the race to sign Johnson and Forest fans need to strap themselves in for the January ride.