Nottingham Forest reject club record offer from Brentford for Brennan Johnson

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Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson. - PA
Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson. - PA

Nottingham Forest have rejected a club record offer from Brentford for Brennan Johnson and insist he will not be leaving in the January transfer window.

Brentford have submitted a number of bids for the highly regarded Wales international, but Forest are adopting a hardline stance and now consider the situation to be over.

Johnson, 20, has emerged as one of the most coveted young talents outside the Premier League and has seven goals and six assists under Steve Cooper this season.

Brentford had identified the forward as a priority signing this month and tabled a bid understood to be around £18million on Tuesday, before Forest’s victory over Barnsley.

That bid was far in excess of their previous record deal of £13.5m for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.

Following extensive talks on Wednesday the decision to turn down the bid and keep Johnson is understood to be unanimous from the Forest board.

Cooper, the Forest head coach, insisted on Tuesday night that Johnson - the son of former forward David - would not be leaving this season, and the club have fully backed the Welshman.

Forest are now preparing for the final days of the transfer window, with a number of fringe players set to depart.

Lyle Taylor, the forward, is closing in on a loan move to Birmingham City while Joao Carvalho, the club’s record signing, is expected to sign for Olympiacos.

Forest are one point off the play-off positions and face Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

Under Cooper, Forest have won seven of their last 9 matches to raise hopes of a promotion challenge.

Cooper was appointed in September after Forest had lost six of their seven matches under Chris Hughton.

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