Brentford will offer Nottingham Forest a club-record transfer fee in order to try and snare Brennan Johnson this month, according to The Athletic.
Kristoffer Ajer is the current record transfer by the Bees. He moved to the club from Celtic in the summer for £13.5 million.
Now, Brentford are preparing a bid for Johnson of £15 million, plus a clause that will see Forest receive 10% of any future sale.
It would seem that doesn’t reach Forest’s valuation, however. The Reds are holding out for £18 million plus 15% of any deal in the future.
Johnson has been in fine form for Forest this season. The talk appears to be cranking up at the worst possible time, with the Reds set to play Derby on Saturday.
The 20-year-old is a future star. He’s featured in every Championship game this season, scoring five goals and claiming four assists.
This news is bound to be a worry and it does seem as though Brentford are getting closer to getting a deal over the line.
Hull winger Keane Lewis-Potter is also on their radar; although it’s thought the Bees will only move for one during this month.
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With 20 plus years between Forest and their last stint in the Premier League, it’s always going to leave Forest vulnerable. Johnson’s contract situation leaves them perilous.
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The key for Forest this time is not to spend the funds on absolute dross. The recruitment team have to get deals in place ready for Johnson departing and Dane Murphy seems capable of doing just that.
Losing Johnson would be a blow. If it could help Forest get a couple of additions over the line, however, letting him go this month might not be the worst thing in the world.