Everton are reportedly now in fresh talks to sign Brennan Johnson in the summer.
The Lowdown: Standout season
The Welshman is certainly having a standout season at Nottingham Forest, where he has managed no fewer than 15 goals and a further nine assists in the Championship so far (Transfermarkt), playing a big part in their promotion push.
He has recently picked up the division’s Young Player of the Season award, and at just 20 years of age, his ceiling is quite high.
The Latest: Everton talks with Johnson
As per The Independent, Johnson’s representatives have held ‘productive meetings’ with Everton ‘in the last week’, although their ability to sign him may depend on whether they avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Brentford have already offered personal terms to the Wales international, while Leicester City, Newcastle United and Villarreal are also interested in his signature.
Should Everton sign Johnson?
Johnson is ‘unlikely’ to sign a new deal at Forest unless they get promoted, with his current contract set to expire in 2023. He is ‘expected’ to go for a fee of between £20m and £25m, should they end up selling him this summer.
The Verdict: Sign him
Johnson is one of the rising stars of British football, so it would be a real coup for the Toffees if they can attract him to Merseyside, especially with the spectre of relegation a clear and present threat.
Described as a ‘different animal‘ on the pitch by Paul Bodin, who worked with him when in charge of Wales’ under-19s and later with the under-21s, Johnson seemingly has the fire in his belly to make something happen for his team, which is the kind of character that Frank Lampard’s side could really use right now.
Nonetheless, perhaps with a few players sold, £20m-£25m should be an affordable price range for Everton.
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