Burnley and Brentford are both interested in Nottingham Forest attacker Brennan Johnson, a report from The Athletic has revealed.
Johnson is currently out on loan with Lincoln City, where he has enjoyed an outstanding campaign with the League One play-off hopefuls, scoring 12 goals and providing six assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Now it seems those performances are starting to see the 19-year-old, who already has two senior caps for Wales, attract attention from elsewhere.
It seems however, as though it will not be easy for either of those sides to get a deal done in this summer’s transfer window.
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As things stand, there are two years remaining on Johnson’s contract with Forest, securing his future at The City Ground until the end of the 2022/23 season, and the club are thought to want a fee of £10million for his services.
Prior to his loan move to Lincoln, Johnson had made eight appearances in total for Forest, although he is still waiting to score his first goal for his parent club.
I don’t think it is any surprise that this interest is starting to emerge in Johnson.
The attacker has been quite simply outstanding on loan at Lincoln this season, playing a key role in their push for promotion to the Championship, which was arguably not expected at the start of the season.
As a result, it does make sense that club further up the pyramid will start to take an interest in Johnson, given the potential he clearly to has to play at a level higher than the one he is currently at.
However, it does seem as though Forest are in a strong position to fend off interest in the teenager, and you wonder if this could now see Johnson handed more regular game time at The City Ground during the 2021/22 campaign.