Interest in Nottingham Forest attacking midfielder Brennan Johnson is intensifying as the summer transfer window draws to a close.
That’s according to a report by Sky Sports (via Football League World), who claim that Brentford are in talks with Forest regarding a deal for the 20-year-old, with the Premier League side contemplating making an improvement on their previous offer for the Wales international.
However, the report continues by stating that the Bees appear reluctant to meet the Reds’ £10m valuation of the youngster, although they are still hoping to tempt Dane Murphy into a sale before the transfer deadline next Tuesday.
While a £10m fee would be an enormous amount of money to receive for a player who has so far made just 12 first-team appearances for Forest, considering the sheer amount of potential Johnson appears to possess, it would appear to be a huge mistake on the part of Murphy to sanction the sale of the 20-year-old this summer.
Indeed, despite Forest’s disastrous form over their opening four fixtures of the season, Johnson has been one of the few players to impress within Chris Hughton’s side, having registered one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.8 shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
As such, taking into account Johnson’s tender age, he would very much appear to be a player who is destined for great things in his career, as well as one who could well be the difference between survival and relegation for Forest this season.
So, should Murphy ultimately agree to sell the £360k-rated man in the coming days, it would not only leave Forest fans fuming, the CEO could well be condemning his side to a spell in League One next season.