Leeds: Marsch urged to sign 'unbelievable' 25 G/A star at Elland Road

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Leeds should target a summer move for highly-rated Nottingham Forest attacker Brennan Johnson, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Johnson has been one of the standout players in the Championship this season and has been the subject of interest from several top-flight sides.

What’s the latest news involving Johnson?

Despite Forest gunning for a return to the Premier League via the play offs, Football Insider believe that the 20-year-old has no intention of signing a new contract, with his current deal expiring in just over 12 months.

As a result, Leeds are ‘monitoring the situation’ along with West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Brentford.

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Furthermore, O’Rourke previously told GiveMeSport that the Elland Road outfit have been watching the youngster for a number of weeks and are keen on his services following his impressive exploits in the second-tier over the last nine months.

Meanwhile, Brentford saw an £18m bid rejected in January, with Forest unwilling to sell him for less than their £20m asking price.

What did O’Rourke say about Johnson?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he would be an ideal signing for Leeds. He’s young, he’s got real potential, he will only get better and would add to Leeds’ attacking options.

“He can play on both wings and has also shown that he has got a goal in him. He’s certainly shown that he’s an impressive young player and someone that Leeds should be looking at.”

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How has Johnson fared this season?

Having performed brilliantly during his loan spell with League One side Lincoln City last term, big things were expected of Johnson this season despite his lack of Championship experience.

And the in-demand winger, described as ‘unbelievable‘ by former Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi, hasn’t disappointed his boyhood club.

Overall, heading into Forest’s play off campaign, Johnson has 25 goal contributions in 46 league appearances, chipping in with 16 goals and nine assists.

As a result, Johnson has had a hand in more than 34 per cent of Forest’s league goals, playing a huge part in their extraordinary climb from the bottom of the Championship to securing a top six place.

If Forest do the business and successfully manage to navigate their way through the play offs, then Johnson could spend one more season in the Midlands, but if Steve Cooper’s men fall short then he could well be on the move.

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