It’s never dull at Nottingham Forest when it comes to transfers and Brennan Johnson was the subject of vast interest last month.
The Reds stood firm though and despite four bids from Brentford, the 20-year-old stayed at the City Ground.
Last week, Brennan’s dad, former Forest striker David, explained to Nottinghamshire Live that contract talks are progressing nicely.
The youngster will have a year remaining on his current deal in the summer and some fans are growing frustrated.
Johnson senior advised that he’d met with Evangelos Marinakis in London recently and that he was impressed with the Forest owner.
He also claimed that there was no rush to sign a deal, Brennan loved playing for Forest and he expected a resolution in the summer.
All positive stuff, unless you happen to be Football Insider.
According to the football website, they’re now using last week’s interview it would seem to stir up a situation.
They’re reporting that Johnson is delaying signing a new deal amid vast interest from Premier League clubs.
Brentford came the closest to signing him last month. Newcastle, Leeds, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all thought to be in the race too.
Johnson has found the net 11 times this season, whilst he’s also registered six assists and is an integral part of Steve Cooper’s team.
Forest fans shouldn’t worry despite latest reports
The Reds fan base has to take this latest Football Insider sources piece with a pinch of salt.
David Johnson hasn’t been backwards in coming forwards with anything negative so it’s hard to believe he’d be dishonest during last week’s interview.
Forest sensation Johnson is a future star. He will undoubtedly play in the Premier League with or without the Reds.
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If David says that talks are progressing well then that’s what supporters should believe; certainly over anything written from an external source.
He’s also right to say that Johnson is in no rush to leave Forest.
The talented forward isn’t without imperfection and ultimately, he’s learning more playing every week at Forest than he would do on the bench at a top-six outfit.
Lots of speculation will take place until Johnson signs a new deal but this latest report certainly looks like tomorrow’s chip paper.