Nottingham Forest have rejected a club-record bid from Brentford for talented attacker Brennan Johnson, according to John Percy of The Telegraph.
The Bees had made a substantial offer for the 20-year-old ahead of Forest’s 3-0 win over Barnsley on Tuesday night.
It was thought that the bid was under consideration, but now, it seems as though Forest are defiant in their attempts to keep hold of their star man.
Johnson scored and set one up during Tuesday’s win. It ensured seven goals and six assists for the Forest man who is getting better with each game.
Newcastle and Leeds are also thought to be keen. Percy believes, however, that the Forest board have been unanimous in deciding to keep hold of Johnson.
Johnson has been a revelation during 2021/22. He arrived back at Forest from Lincoln of League One in the summer, where he’d scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists for the Imps.
Michael Appleton proved brilliant for his career. Chris Hughton did little to unleash his attacking qualities, Steve Cooper, on the other hand, has given him a license to be his destructive best in the Forest team.
Now, it looks as though Forest will be leaving the phone off the hook ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Class: Next challenge for Forest is to agree on a new deal with Johnson
Keeping him beyond Monday will be a huge bonus. That would represent a really major piece of business and supporters would be able to relax somewhat.
The next step has to be to agree on a new deal. If Forest don’t go up this season, they will be extremely vulnerable as the Reds star enters the final year of his contract.
Forest have to preserve Johnson’s valuation. On current form, his demands can pretty much be whatever he wants.
He’s playing regularly, scoring goals and registering assists. Forest’s hopes of promotion largely pin on his brilliance and the club could take an even bigger step by sorting a new contract out.