Leeds United scouts have been watching Forest's Brennan Johnson 'for a while', says O'Rourke
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Leeds United scouts have been watching Forest's Brennan Johnson 'for a while', says O'Rourke

Leeds United scouts ‘have been watching’ Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson ‘for a while’, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 20-year-old has played a key part in Forest’s promotion bid and his electric form has caught the attention of Premier League clubs.

The nine-time Wales international has 15 goals and seven assists to his name this season. He has four goals and two assists from his last four matches.

Steve Cooper’s Forest are fourth in the Championship table and look guaranteed to secure a play-off position.

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But with seven games remaining and trailing second-placed Bournemouth by six points, the City Ground side still have an outside chance of securing automatic promotion to the top-flight.

With Johnson’s contract with the Reds expiring next summer, the Daily Mail claim Forest have placed a £20m price tag on their prized asset.

The likes of Everton and Newcastle have also been linked with the youngster, and Eddie Howe has reportedly identified him as a possible replacement for Allan Saint-Maximin.

But with Leeds potentially losing star man Raphinha this summer, Jesse Marsch is going to need a quality replacement for the Brazilian international.

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has explained that Barcelona are interested in the former Rennes man, but the Catalan giants are only likely to move for the winger if Ousmane Dembele doesn’t sign a new contract at the Nou Camp.

But it seems that Leeds are putting plans in place if Raphinha does depart Elland Road with them monitoring Johnson.

According to O’Rourke, Leeds’ scouting department have been keeping a close eye on the Welshman, who impresses Ian Wright every time he watches him.

O’Rourke told GiveMeSport: “I know Leeds scouts have been watching Johnson for a while, so I’m sure they might be thinking he could be a good addition to the team, especially if they lost someone like Raphinha.”

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If Forest are successful in their Premier League promotion bid, Johnson’s £20m price tag could be increased.

But with Johnson only having a year left on his contract, the Whites will fancy their chances of getting him for a good price, unless he puts pen-to-paper with a new deal at the City Ground.

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