Nottingham Forest are set to offer Brennan Johnson a new deal at The City Ground.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that Dane Murphy is planning to offer the 20-year-old a bumper new deal at Forest in a bid to fend off the considerable amount of Premier League interest in the forward, with Brentford believed to be pushing hardest for the Wales international.
Indeed, Thomas Franks’ side were reported to have lodged a £3.5m offer for the versatile number 10 – an offer Forest swiftly rejected – while Leeds United and Leicester City are also thought to be keeping a very close eye on the situation of Johnson this summer.
However, the 20-year-old does not appear to be indispensable for the Garibaldi, with it being claimed that Murphy may be tempted into accepting an offer of between £8m and £10m for the starlet.
With Murphy having only taken over as Forest’s new CEO earlier this summer, if the American were to sanction the sale of Johnson for £8m in the coming weeks, it would not appear to be an unlikely scenario that Forest fans could well view this as something of an unforgivable decision by the chief executive.
Indeed, with the 20-year-old consistently turning in remarkable performances while on loan at Lincoln City last season, in addition to the fact that both Anthony Knockaert and Luke Freeman hugely disappointed during their own loan spells at The City Ground last term, it would very much appear the number 10 role is there for Johnson to make his own in the club’s upcoming campaign.
However, not only could the £360k-rated academy product prove to be the answer to last season’s joint second-lowest Championship goalscorer’s lack of clinical edge and creativity next season, he could well go on to become Forest’s talisman for the foreseeable future, something that, considering his club-grown stats, could easily make the forward something of a living legend.
As such, while this is admittedly a hypothetical scenario, Murphy’s sale of the man Sabri Lamouchi dubbed an “unbelievable” player this summer would rob Forest fans of this eventuality playing out in reality, something that would very much appear to be an extremely unpopular call.