Nottingham Forest will now stand firm on their £20 million valuation of Brennan Johnson, according to Sky Sports (24/01; 13:04).
Last week, it was claimed that Brentford may prove successful with a bid of £18 million with a 15% sell-on clause.
After Johnson blew Derby County away at the weekend though, Forest have reassessed their stance and want the full £20 million.
That does make it unlikely that Johnson will leave this month. The Bees have been linked along with Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham to the Forest star.
The 20-year-old has taken the Championship by the storm this season. He has scored six goals and claimed four assists for the Reds who are in the hunt for a play-off place.
Last season he really got a taste for men’s football. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists for Lincoln as they reached the League One play-off final.
Despite excelling in the third tier, the jury was out over whether he could do a job in the league above.
Those reservations were quickly extinguished after just one game when he proved a constant menace to Coventry on the opening game of the 2021/22 campaign.
He’s grown as a player this season and Johnson is almost certainly destined for great things in the game.
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Plenty of supporters would settle for getting less for Johnson if it means him staying at the football club until the end of the season.
Forest will be in limbo somewhat at the end of 2021/22. The youngster will have just a year remaining on his deal and perhaps a sale will be necessary then.
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The perfect situation would be for the transfer window to close and Johnson to pen a new deal; allowing Forest to retain their valuation of the player.
Whether that happens remains to be seen. Despite his contract situation, keeping Johnson until the end of the season will give the team every chance of securing a play-off place this season.