Brentford are making a late push to complete the signings of two Championship players, including Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson, according to 90min.
The Bees have held a long-term interest in the 20-year-old. His form this season has been superb, with the youngster featuring in every Championship clash.
Johnson has claimed five goals and registered four assists during 2021/22. He’s grown as a player since his mesmerising performances for Lincoln City last season.
The other second-tier performer that Brentford want is Hull forward Keane Lewis-Potter. He scored against Forest earlier in the campaign when the Reds won 2-1.
It’s the interest in Johnson that is a worry though. It does seem clear, however, that Dane Murphy won’t be doing business at a lower price.
Last month, the Daily Mail claimed that Forest wanted close to £20 million for their hot property and they’re unlikely to budge on that.
Forest will want the best deal for Johnson. The player will only have 12 months on his deal at the end of the season, with no sign of an extension being signed.
That leaves Forest in a perilous situation. As a result, they may be tempted to offload Johnson towards the end of the window.
Brentford have enjoyed a decent first season in the top-flight. They’re 14th in the table but have 10 more points than Norwich who sit in 18th place.
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The likes of Jed Wallace and Josh Bowler have been linked with a move to Forest. If Johnson goes it would be no surprise to see both of those added to the ranks.
Elsewhere Paul Mukairu has been heavily linked with a move to Nottingham. That deal could also go through if Johnson is sold.
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Forest will need to get this right. Supporters won’t overly object to Johnson being sold but the challenge is replacing him with quality.
In the past, the Reds have wasted money at will following departures and both Murphy and Cooper must ensure that doesn’t happen should Johnson leave.