Nottingham Forest have managed to ward off interest in Brennan Johnson this summer but reportedly expect an intense battle involving Everton next year.
The versatile attacker is looking forward to his first taste of Premier League football following Forest’s promotion. Having impressed in the Championship last season, suitors circled for a potential swoop.
However, Forest – who are back in the top flight for the first time in 23 years – have tied him down to a new long-term contract.
Nevertheless, The Independent reports that Premier League newbies Forest aware aware Johnson’s new deal is only ultimately a stop-gap to him potentially leaving.
Indeed, Everton, Newcastle and Brentford are reportedly preparing a ‘bidding war’ for Johnson next summer.
Johnson came through Forest‘s academy. He then emerged on the scene on a loan spell with Lincoln City in the 2020/21 season.
He then came into the Forest first team last term and impressed, making 52 appearances overall. In fact, he played every Championship game including in the play-offs and was a driving force in their promotion.
But as well as his 19 goals and nine assists, Johnson’s versatility was key for the rise of Steve Cooper’s side. The 21-year-old played all across the front line and as a second striker. He furthermore played across the midfield to help out wherever possible.
Having made his senior Wales debut in November 2020, he has since played a further 12 times for his country.
Everton, Newcastle and Brentford all feel a player of Johnson’s attacking quality in multiple positions could prove a fantastic signing. However, they will have to wait at least a year to advance their interest.
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Johnson only turned 21 in May and so he will remain a young player on the Premier League radar throughout next term.
It remains unclear what sort of fee Forest would want for their star attacker next summer. But they will surely be seeking a significant uplift on his current value.
The Wales international has the World Cup to look forward to in Qatar at the end of the year. He has two goals in his last two games for his country.
Johnson could go into the tournament in strong form if he can hit the ground running in the Premier League.
Such form like his record last season will increase his value. And the new contract until 2026 has not only locked in his price tag but made it another negotiating factor for Forest next summer.
Forest want to keep the nucleus of their team from last season as they look to compete in the Premier League. And Johnson could prove to be their main man going forwards.