Nottingham Forest are braced for a bid from Newcastle United for Brennan Johnson, according to The Independent.
The Reds received a club-record transfer fee from Brentford for the 20-year-old ahead of last night’s 3-0 win over Barnsley.
Johnson scored his seventh goal of the season against the Tykes last night. He also claimed a sixth assist and now he’s a wanted man.
The Reds are thought to value Johnson at around £20 million, although £18 million with a considerable amount of add-ons is likely to be given a serious thought.
Johnson has really grown as a footballer during 2021/22. Last season he was at Lincoln on loan and bagged 13 goals and registered 14 assists in League One.
Now, Newcastle are preparing to flex their ambition with a move to sign the Forest academy graduate.
The Magpies aren’t short of cash following their takeover by PIF and they are frantically scouring the market for signings ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Johnson looks tailor-made to play in the Premier League. He is rapidly quick, skilful and also has a keen eye for goal.
Newcastle are now set to show their hand and Forest are facing a fight to keep hold of their burgeoning talent with the deadline on the horizon.
Ambition: Forest facing real fight over Johnson
The club are currently in between a rock and a hard place regarding Johnson.
Selling him now isn’t ideal. Forest are on the cusp of the top-six and losing a star player could derail that.
Johnson will have just a year remaining on his deal in the summer, however, and that leaves Forest in a vulnerable position.
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It won’t be a popular decision if he is sold but Newcastle could provide Johnson with an attractive proposition.
They might be facing a fight for survival this season but the new owners will show ambition for the foreseeable and that could tempt Johnson.
Forest fans will be praying they can keep their star man until the end of the campaign.