Brennan Johnson warms up before Derby match last Saturday. Credit: Ritchie Sumpter.

Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent days, with Premier League outfits Brentford and Newcastle both hoping to get the 20-year-old’s signature.

The Athletic reported earlier today that Brentford have made a new bid for Johnson – who has earned seven caps for Wales – which would break their transfer record.

After a failed £15 million bid, the Bees are said to have significantly increased their offer in the pursuit to persuade the young starlet to West London.

Brentford will have to exceed their record signing of £13.5 million, for Krstoffer Ajer, if they are to secure Johnson’s signature as the window enters its final days.

Newcastle is also interested in the Welsh international, but it is reported that Forest will not accept less than £20 million.

Johnson – the son of former Forest forward David – has excited in the Championship this season with his seven goals and five assists.

Only Lewis Grabban has outscored the Reds sensation, with 13 goals to his tally so far in this campaign.

When questioned on the potential for the winger to leave amid the latest transfer saga, the Reds manager Steve Cooper stated: “I am more than hopeful, I am sure he’ll be here.”

After yesterday’s 3-0 victory at home to Barnsley – where Johnson provided a goal and an assist – Forest moved to within a point of the playoff places.

With the 20-year-old showcasing his talent consistently for Forest, bids will continue to flood the club’s transfer news.