Arsenal are the latest club to emerge as an interested party in the race to sign Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson.

According to The Sun, the Gunners are alongside Tottenham, Newcastle, Brentford and West Ham to sign the 20-year-old.

Johnson has scored five goals and claimed four assists during 2021/22, featuring in all 23 of Forest’s games in the Championship.

Since returning from a loan spell with Lincoln he’s matured as a player and is now attracting Premier League interest.

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Johnson is the subject of a £14 million bid from Brentford, although Forest value their academy graduate considerably higher.

The son of former Reds striker, David Johnson is one of the best performing players under the age of 21 in the Championship.

He is showcasing with every game the match-winning qualities that Forest have lacked in recent years and scored the winner against Hull last week.

January looks like being a long month for Forest. The Reds will be desperate to keep hold of Johnson and will hope to fight off top-flight clubs.

Arsenal’s interest is perhaps a concern. They have a proud history with younger players and Johnson would surely welcome a move to such a massive club.

Class: Forest must keep Johnson for now

It would be ideal if the Reds could get Johnson to sign a new deal. As a result, Forest would get to preserve his valuation and ensure they get the very best deal for their homegrown star.

Persuading him to do that amid interest from some huge clubs could be tricky though. The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham will surely turn heads to any player in the Championship and Johnson might be forgiven for being excited.

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Still, it seems as though the youngster wants to stay at the City Ground and that could bode well in the short-term.

Forest are on the cusp of the play-offs and if they’re to cement a place during the second half of the season, Johnson needs to be kept.

Arsenal will provide an attractive proposition to the forward but for now, Forest can’t consider cashing in on Johnson.

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