By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United have 'lengthy dossier' on Brennan Johnson, subject of record bid

Brentford have made a record bid for Brennan Johnson amid heavy Leeds United interest, according to The Athletic’s Paul Taylor.

The journalist says that the Whites have “compiled a lengthy dossier on the player”, and his colleague at The Athletic Daniel Taylor reports that the Bees have “significantly increased their offer” after a £15million bid was rejected.

The 20-year-old is in excellent form at Nottingham Forest and is also believed to be interesting Eddie Howe’s Newcastle.

A source has reportedly told The Athletic that Leeds have “known everything down to his inside leg measurement” for some time but a concrete bid has not yet been made.

Ideal target?

Leeds have been credited with an interest in the Welshman since his successful loan spell at Lincoln City last season saw him register a combined 27 goals and assists.

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And his form has carried over into this season, with his parent club battling for a Championship Playoff place.

The attacker has eight goals so far and is thought to be ready for the step up to the Premier League.

The Independent are reporting that Forest would accept a bid of £20million, which is the same amount that United have reportedly bid for Brenden Aaronson and been rejected (The Athletic).

While there appears to be a stalemate in the club’s pursuit of the American attacking midfielder, movement appears to be hotting up around the man from the Championship.

Although not a direct comparison, Marcelo Bielsa would surely benefit from the additional attacking option provided by the Wales international.

Daniel James, Rodrigo and Raphinha fit in the wide attacking positions that Johnson can play in, but his main strength is attacking through the middle from a similar area that Aaronson occupies.

Unless United’s dossier contains some information that has put them off, it seems odd that they are not competing with Brentford right now.

In other Leeds United news, the club are reportedly not planning on signing another striker despite Patrick Bamford’s absence.