Nottingham Forest reject club record £35m for Star bid from Brentford

Nottingham Forest reject club record £35m Brennan Johnson bid from Brentford

Nottingham Forest reject club record £35m Brennan Johnson bid from Brentford

Exclusive: Brentford have returned with an improved offer for long-standing target having seen a £30m bid turned down last month
Nottingham Forest have rejected a club record offer worth up to £40 million from Brentford for Brennan Johnson, the Wales international.

Brentford’s second bid of this summer was instantly turned down this week by Forest, whose valuation of the forward is over £50 million.


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Thomas Frank, the Brentford head coach, has identified Johnson as one of his leading targets this summer with the club’s interest stretching back over two years.

Forest turned down an opening £30 million proposal on the day the summer transfer window officially opened, and have taken an equally hardline stance with Brentford’s latest approach.

It is understood the second offer was worth a guaranteed £35 million with instalments and incentives then taking the total price closer to £40 million.

Brentford are aiming to build on last season’s ninth-placed finish and have already completed the £23 million capture of Nathan Collins from Wolves, while also converting Kevin Schade’s loan into a permanent deal for around £21 million.

With talismanic forward Ivan Toney serving an eight-month suspension for breaching the Football Association’s betting rules, Brentford have ramped up their long-standing interest in Johnson.

Brentford made at least three offers for Johnson when Forest were operating as a Championship club.

While Forest do not want to sell their homegrown star, an offer of more than £50 million could be difficult to turn down with the threat of risking breaching financial rules understood to be a consideration.

The 22-year-old has been recovering from an ankle injury sustained on international duty with Wales, but is expected to return to training next week.

After the pre-season friendly against Leeds on Thursday night, Forest’s head coach Steve Cooper said: “Brennan is making decent progress in terms of the plan for his recovery.

“We are hoping that he’ll be back training with us next week at some stage so that’s good.

“That will give him a couple of weeks to get some training and maybe some game-time under his belt to get him available for the start of the season which is what we want.

“He’s working hard and is as keen to get back as we are for him to be back with us.”

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