Paul Robinson: Leeds United could sign Johnson and loan him back to Nottingham Forest

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Leeds United could sign Wales international Brennan Johnson and loan him back to Nottingham Forest, according to Paul Robinson.

Johnson, 20, impressed while on loan at Lincoln City last season, scoring 13 goals and supplied 14 assists in 48 appearances across all competitions for the League One club.

He’s since returned to Nottingham Forest after an unsuccessful play-off campaign in which he also earned his debut senior caps for Wales.

According to The Athletic, Leeds United, Brentford, Barnsley, and Leicester have all shown some interest in signing Johnson this summer.

However, Robinson feels that if Leeds do land the Nottingham-born Wales international, they could strike a deal with Forest that sees him return to the East Midlands club on loan for a season.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “He’ll be one who Leeds sign and loan back.

I’ve not seen a lot of him in the league but obviously the scouting network is at play there.

It’ll be one they’ve earmarked for the future and not to go straight into the first-team.

He’s obviously a player they’ve seen quality in and want to bring him into the squad to look at him or loan him out. He’s not going to have an immediate impact.

Johnson has only played eight times for Forest but after how well he did at Lincoln last season you would imagine that he’s proven himself to be good enough for a Championship club like the East Midlands outfit.

He’s unlikely to be Premier League level just yet but the fact he’s making waves in the EFL and also earning his first caps for Wales suggests to us he’s someone who could excite in the future.

Leeds can do a lot worse than signing Johnson this summer and striking that loan-back arrangement with Nottingham Forest.

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