Journalist Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson isn’t fussed that a move to Brentford wasn’t sanctioned.
The Bees tried on a number of occasions to land the 20-year-old Forest gem. On the final occasion, they believed that a £20 million bid was enough to prise him to West London.
That wasn’t the case though with Forest staying true to Steve Cooper’s constant words that nobody would be sold in January.
Johnson has been superb over the course of the 2021/22 campaign. He has grown as the season has progressed and last night he registered a 15th goal contribution.
At 20 he is one of the most sought-after players in the EFL. During January alone he was linked with Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, Leicester and Brentford.
Forest did well to keep hold of him. Clearly, Johnson recognises that playing week in and week out for the Reds right now is the best thing for his development.
Supporters might be delighted to know that Johnson had no intention of demanding to leave the City Ground during the January window.
Dean Jones told Give Me Sport: “I’m told there wasn’t a huge disappointment on his behand that things turned out the way they did.
“Ultimately, they’ve just beat Leicester 4-1. Already that means that since the window shut, his profile has been raised even further.
“Brentford were very disappointed not to get him. They felt their last offer would have been good enough.”
Forest star Johnson should aim for better than Brentford
Absolutely nothing against Brentford but they’ve dropped like a stone since the turn of the year. As a result, there is nothing to suggest they can establish themselves as a Premier League club for years to come.
Johnson is better than Brentford. He is a huge attraction and he looks almost certain to make an impact for a top-six Premier League club at some point during his career.
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The Bees found themselves stung by Forest in January and it does seem likely they’ll get a better opportunity to sign him.
His valuation will only increase between now and the end of the season. As a result, Thomas Frank might be forced to accept defeat in his quest to sign Johnson.