Brentford have upped the ante in their quest to finally sign Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson, according to The Athletic. If the bid is accepted, it will be a club-record fee for the Bees.
Johnson starred for the Reds once again last night. He set up Ryan Yates to score the second goal of the night and then rounded off the 3-0 victory with a goal in the second half.
That makes it 13 goal contributions now for the 20-year-old and Brentford are keen to sign him. Thomas Frank is a long-term admirer of the player, having seen several bids previously rejected.
Johnson is also being courted by other clubs. It does, however, seem as though that Brentford are the most serious contender for his signature before the end of the window.
Johnson has been magnificent during the 2021/22 campaign. The academy graduate has grown as the season has progressed and in recent months he’s been unplayable at times.
The player’s contract situation won’t make this an easy decision for Forest. Johnson will have just 12 months remaining on his Forest contract come the summer.
That said, the Reds are now in firm contention for the play-offs. Last night’s win leaves them just a point away from a top-six place and Steve Cooper won’t want to see him leave.
Firm: Forest have difficult Johnson decision to make
This isn’t an easy call to make. That said, Cooper won’t really want to lose anyone from his squad between now and Monday, especially not his in-form attacker.
If Brentford are offering £18 million-plus a 15% sell-on clause, it could prove tricky to turn down; especially given the perilous state of his contract.
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Forest should, in hindsight, stand firm though. The Reds can do great things this season and if Johnson does go there won’t be much time to seek a replacement.
This is an extremely awkward situation for an in-form Forest to find themselves in right now.