Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson is being lined up as a replacement for Raphinha if he leaves Leeds United, journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed.

Johnson is a wanted man after a brilliant 2021/22 campaign. He’s currently on 15 goals and eight assists for the season so far. Brentford, West Ham and Tottenham are all thought to be keen on signing the Forest man.

The 20-year-old will have a year to run on his contract in the summer. That does leave Forest in a perilous situation and a sale might be the only logical situation once this season is over.

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Forest have a chance of winning promotion this season. If that is the case, surely Johnson will then pledge his future to the club, with the forward a huge fan of the Reds since he was a boy.

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It looks set to be an interesting summer for Leeds. Jesse Marsch will embark on his first transfer window at Elland Road and several new players will likely be on the radar.

One of his biggest challenges will be involving Raphinha. Leeds paid £17 million for the Brazilian in 2020 but a departure could be on the cards; with Fabrizio Romano claiming Barcelona are in advanced talks with the player.

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Nothing against the Whites but Johnson should be targeting a top-eight club at the least. He’s showcased considerable talent this season and plenty of bigger clubs than Leeds will emerge as potential suitors.

Raphinha will be a tough player to replace. He’s been Leeds’ shining light for two seasons and on £63,000-a-week he’s proved a high earner at Elland Road.

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He looks destined to move to a top European club and that leaves Leeds with a void to fill in their attacking ranks.

It’s no surprise to see them pursue Johnson. Like Raphinha, he is skilful, loves taking players on and is also capable of weighing in with goals and assists.

Johnson would be an ideal replacement for Raphinha but ultimately the Forest man should hold out for a better club.

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