Brentford are in talks with Nottingham Forest regarding the purchase of Brennan Johnson, according to The Sun.
The Bees are willing to go to £14 million in their quest to sign the versatile forward but Forest value him at £20 million.
Brentford had three bids rejected for Johnson during the summer, with the club unwilling to lose the 20-year-old.
A real issue for the Reds is the player’s contract situation. During the summer, he will enter the final year with no extension seemingly close to being signed.
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Johnson has scored five goals during 2021/22 and registered four assists. He’s one of the top-performing players in the division under the age of 21 and has a host of admirers.
Last season, the youngster went out on loan to Lincoln City. There, he scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists as the Imps lost in the play-off final.
Johnson is fancied by Tottenham and Newcastle as well, with Brentford the most active when it comes to making offers.
At 20, the speed demon looks set for a bright future and his valuation could soar in the next couple of years.
If Forest could get to the end of January with Johnson still part of the squad it would give the club a real boost ahead of a play-off push.
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Cooper has done tremendously well to get Forest into a position to challenge for a play-off place.
Losing Johnson in the transfer window would seriously decimate any promotion aspirations and they must hold onto the starlet for now.
His contract is a worry though. With that in mind, the Reds will be forced into a sale if he doesn’t sign something sooner rather than later.
If there is a situation where Johnson has to be cashed in, Forest have to make sure they get top whack for their burgeoning talent.
He’s worth far more than £14 million and Brentford either need to get serious, or get lost!