Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson is emerging as a target for West Ham and Everton during the summer transfer window. The Reds performer was one of the team’s star players as they remained a Premier League club during 2022/23.
It’s claimed by the Daily Mail that Johnson is valued at around £40 million. In truth, that seems awfully cheap for a player who enjoyed such a quality maiden campaign in the top division.
Johnson did get off to a bit of a slow start. Prior to the World Cup, his form was a little bit patchy, but he really kicked on after the tournament and finished the campaign with 10 goals.
It’s highly unlikely that Forest would consider selling Johnson. Ultimately, the Reds wanted to remain in the top flight so that they could ensure they kept hold of players like the 22-year-old.
In Everton’s case, this move looks like a non-starter. Given their off-field uncertainties, surely Sean Dyche will be in for a big shock if he thinks the club are going to part with £40 million for one player.
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Johnson is one of the game’s burgeoning talents and he’s Forest through and through. It’s hard to imagine Johnson pushing for a move, although if West Ham beat Fiorentina in the Conference League this week, they will earn a Europa League berth.
Forest star Johnson emerging as a target for West Ham and Everton
At this stage of the summer, there are lots of reports that require a large pinch of salt. The amount of salt required for this link involving Johnson would be enough to make John Torode and Gregg Wallace shudder!
We just can’t see this happening. At £40 million Johnson would be deemed cheap but with Forest still in the Premier League next season, they surely won’t be selling a prized asset.
The Reds star was praised by pundit Clinton Morrison back in February. After his superb goal against Leeds, he was called ‘brilliant’ and ‘fantastic’ by the man who played in the Premier League during his playing days.
Johnson has scored more league goals this season than Jarrod Bowen. As a result, it’s easy to see why West Ham want to sign him but they might have to be prepared to be disappointed with this link.
Everton’s interest looks like a non-starter. Sure, Dyche would love to sign him but he’s surely going to be out of the price range as they look to cut their cloth accordingly.