Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson has emerged as a serious target for Newcastle United. The Daily Mail claims that the Reds forward is on the radar, with Eddie Howe prepared to cash in on Allan Saint-Maximin in the summer.

The Frenchman is valued at around £50 million by the Magpies. Johnson won’t cost anywhere near that valuation and the fact he has a year remaining on his deal makes his situation perilous from a Forest perspective.

Forest’s leading goalscorer has fired 14 goals during 2021/22. He scored twice against Blackpool at the weekend as the Reds thrashed the Tangerines 4-1 at Bloomfield Road, with Johnson also registering an assist.

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The Reds academy graduate now has the most goal contributions of any player under the age of 21 in England. That statistic is remarkable and naturally, plenty of clubs will be vying for his signature when the transfer window reopens.

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Newcastle should be safe from relegation now. It looks set to be an exciting time for the club in the summer with their newfound Saudi wealth likely to be evident in the transfer market.

Stellar signings are likely to be out of reach still, however. With that in mind, signing players like Johnson looks like a realistic prospect for Howe and Newcastle during the transfer window.

Forest must get the very best deal for Johnson

The Reds will face a real fight to keep hold of Johnson during the summer. His contract situation is far from ideal and a move to the Premier League will surely be in the back of his mind.

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Forest really have to try and get the player to sign a new deal. At the moment, he’s playing every single week and is clearly enjoying his football in the Garibaldi.

Johnson penning an extension would be music to the ears of Forest. It would certainly help them preserve their valuation of him for a little while longer but the ball is in the player’s court.

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