Nottingham Forest told to 'milk every penny' for Brennan Johnson after Newcastle United update - pundit
Alex McLeish has claimed Nottingham Forest will be looking to “milk every penny” for Brennan Johnson as Newcastle enter the race for his signature.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the well-supported Championship giants will ask for a mega-money fee for the 20-year-old even if they remain in the second tier.
This site revealed last month (1 March) that Johnson is in no rush to commit his future to Forest – with his current deal expiring in June 2023.
It is understood that Leeds, West Ham, and Crystal Palace are monitoring his situation – as well as Brentford, who saw an £18million final bid rejected in January.
The Daily Mail (26 April) claim Newcastle are also interested in the winger – who is valued at around £20million by Forest.
McLeish insisted that figure is no surprise.
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“These are just the prices in England,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“The Championship guys probably charge more for the best players than the Old Firm.
“That tells you the level of the money in those top two leagues – it’s because they’re the best-supported in the world.
“Forest won’t let their players go cheap, even if they don’t go up. They will be looking to milk every penny from Premier League clubs.”
Johnson has notched 16 goals and nine assists in 47 appearances across all competitions for Forest this term.
The Midlands club are likely to fight for promotion in the playoffs but could gazump Bournemouth for second place in the final three games of the season.