Nottingham Forest boss comments on Brennan Johnson transfer status as forward craves a second chance

Boss Steve Cooper says he was “very clear” on the situation for Nottingham Forest ace Brennan Johnson ahead of the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old has been in great shape for the Reds this season, building on last quarter’s impressive loan spell at Lincoln City which prompted a few clubs to sit down and take notice.

There was a lot of interest around Johnson this summer, and Premier League sides have continued to watch him as he has amassed four goals and five assists in the league.

He has about 18 months left to fulfill his current Forest contract, but as discussions of a new one reached some kind of deadlock, Cooper sent a strong message to all potential suitors.

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Second chance?

Loan forward Nuno Da Costa would be delighted to have another chance to prove himself at Nottingham Forest.

The 30-year-old has said the manager change at City Ground could benefit him as Steve Cooper’s style of play matches his own.

Da Costa is expected to spend the season with French club Caen, having been at Royal Excel Mouscron last season – with the Belgian side having decided not to take the option of a permanent transfer this summer.

He has only made 14 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Strasbourg in January 2020, but says he would be open to a return to the club.

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Spence’s future

Djed Spence put on another impressive performance for Nottingham Forest at Swansea City on Saturday as fears grew over a potential recall in January.

The defender is due to spend the season at City Ground, but his parent club have the option of taking him back next month – which would be a blow to the Reds.

Spence has been a key player at Garibaldi and has been a regular in the starting XI, playing his part in helping Steve Cooper’s side climb the championship ranks.

As the transfer window approaches, TeessideLive Boro reporter Craig Johns gives us some tidbits of the 21-year-old’s future.

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Selection dilemma

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper could be boosted by the return of two key players for Saturday’s clash with Hull City.

But that would leave him with a dilemma of whether to change his starting lineup.

The Reds beat Swansea City 4-1 at Liberty Stadium on Saturday, winning back-to-back wins and extending their unbeaten run to eight games.

Defender Tobias Figueiredo and winger Joe Lolley were absent from South Wales’s squad of the day due to illness, but it is hoped they will take part in training this week.

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