Newcastle United have reportedly now made an approach to sign Brennan Johnson in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Rising talent
Johnson is a player that has caught the eye since his loan spell at Lincoln City last season, in where he scored no fewer than 13 goals and made a further 16 assists in 48 games in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Should Newcastle sign Johnson?
He helped the Imps get through to the Sky Bet League One play-off final with his impressive performances against Sunderland in the semis, so much so that he received praise from the great David Beckham, who is ‘close’ with the Johnson family according to Lincoln manager Michael Appleton (Lincolnshire Live).
Nonetheless, he is now impressing once more back at his parent club Nottingham Forest, and has been the ‘shining light’ in the team so far this term claims journalist Josh Bunting.
The Latest: Approach made
As per The Daily Mail, an approach has now been made by the St. James’ Park faithful, as well as Everton, to sign Johnson, but they will have to meet his £20m valuation.
However, West Ham United and Brentford are also in the race for his signature, while Tottenham Hotspur are currently monitoring his situation.
The Verdict: Sign
Given that Johnson is already playing in the Championship, it would not be too much of a risk for the North East club to sign him in January, should they find themselves relegated down to the division at the end of the campaign.
Nonetheless, he would offer an extra bit of quality in the middle of the park to help them stay up, and his five goals and four assists in the Championship so far this season show that his prowess at Lincoln was certainly no fluke.
Nonetheless, at just 20 years of age, Johnson still has so much potential, and if Eddie Howe can get the best out of him, the Wales international could be a real bargain for the future at £20m.
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