Nottingham Forest are set to cool their interest in Millwall winger Jed Wallace, with the club now extremely hopeful of keeping the sensational Brennan Johnson.
According to The Mirror, Forest wanted the Championship star as a ready-made replacement should Brentford win the race to sign Johnson this month.
Now, Forest are almost certain they will be able to keep hold of the 20-year-old this month and are unlikely to move for Wallace.
The 27-year-old has been a proven Championship performer for the past few years. Recently he’s been nursing a thing injury, although he is due back soon.
Despite nursing a minor problem, he’s enjoyed a decent 2021/22 campaign. Wallace has scored five goals and claimed six assists and keeping him will be a big boost for Millwall.
Forest may well swoop for another attacker before Monday’s deadline. But, keeping Johnson looks like it could be the best business the Reds do this month.
In the past month, the academy graduate has really kicked on. He was brilliant against Arsenal, scored against Derby and claimed two-goal contributions against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Brentford, Leeds and Newcastle had been keen. Now, however, it looks as though the Reds have won the battle to keep hold of their star attacker until the end of the season at the very least.
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The Millwall man has no desire to pen a new contract at the New Den. With that in mind, paying over the odds this month doesn’t make much sense.
In the summer, the winger can be picked up for free and perhaps Steve Cooper already has plans to pursue him again during the summer.
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For now, Forest will likely go with what they have. Keinan Davis had proved he can operate as a striker or an attacking forward and Cooper does have options.
It’s refreshing that Forest have adopted a different strategy. Keeping hold of their best players and not paying over the odds for others have been challenges previously but now things look to be changing for the better.