Everton want to sign Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson and the Daily Mail claims they’re leading the chase for his signature.
The Toffees survived relegation from the top flight and now they will try and strengthen their squad in the summer.
Everton have underachieved for far too long and they will have to try and kick on during the 2022/23 campaign.
The Reds will be resigned to losing Johnson should they fail to win promotion by beating Huddersfield tomorrow.
Forest will enter the play-off final as slight underdogs given that the Terriers finished two points above the Reds in the league table.
Johnson has been a revelation during 2021/22.
He’s scored 19 goals and claimed 10 assists during the campaign, attracting Premier League interest in the process.
Everton, it’s thought, are now leading the chase for his signature.
They will face stiff competition for his services though, with Brentford, Leeds and Tottenham all thought to have watched him this season,
Frank Lampard will be desperate to revive the club’s fortunes.
He will see last season as a bit of a free hit but he will be under pressure to improve the team’s fortunes when things get back underway in August.
Everton want Johnson but can they really afford him?
The Toffees have wasted hundreds of millions in recent seasons and they will now need to cut their cloth accordingly.
Forest rejected £20 million from Brentford for Johnson in January and as a result, he won’t be leaving on the cheap.
Lampard might well fancy signing Johnson but he shouldn’t count his chickens just yet.
Forest are likely to stick another £5 million on their player’s valuation, following his blistering end to the season.
There is also an argument that he’s better than Everton!
Johnson is seen as the poster boy for Wales in the future and he might be eyeing a place at a top-six club.
For Forest, they will hope they can keep the 20-year-old for a bit longer.
If they win promotion tomorrow that dream must just become a reality.