Nottingham Forest rejected an intriguing swap offer from Premier League side Brentford as they pursued a deal for Brennan Johnson.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who claim that Brentford offered £10million for Johnson in mid-December – a bid that was rejected.
In January, Brentford then decided to up the ante by offering two players as well as £15million for Johnson.
The two players involved were left back Dominic Thompson and attacker Marcus Forss, but Forest still said no.
Brentford tried again, offering £18million without the two players, but Forest stood firm before the transfer deadline and rejected all offers.
Cash plus two players may have been appealing, especially given that Thompson and Forss are both young and have untapped potential.
Thompson, 21, came through the Arsenal ranks before joining Brentford in the summer of 2019.
So far though, Thompson has only played 19 games for Brentford. After a loan spell at Swindon Town last season, Thompson now finds himself on loan at Ipswich Town.
Forest may have felt that Thompson wasn’t quite Championship quality at this stage in his development, though a left wing back may be needed this summer when Max Lowe’s loan from Sheffield United ends.
Striker Forss was the most appealing part of the offer. The Finnish hitman scored 10 goals last season as Brentford won promotion, adding five goals in four EFL Cup games this term.
With 11 goals in just 19 games on loan at Wimbledon in the 2019-20 season, Forss has shown that he can find the net regularly.
The 22-year-old would have been an exciting permanent capture but now finds himself on loan at Hull City instead.
Forest have since signed Sam Surridge from Stoke City, meaning Forss may not be quite as appealing now anyway.
Forest probably would have preferred straight cash if they were to sell Johnson, but clearly feel better off having the electric winger at the City Ground.