Brennan Johnson looks set to graduate from the EFL in the near future after a rapid rise in just one and a half seasons of regular senior action.
The flying Welshman has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs this season, namely Brentford, Everton and West Ham United, with Nottingham Forest setting a valuation of £14 million according to the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old’s contract at City Ground runs until the end of next season, but it does feel like his skillset will have a huge impact on whether or not the Reds kick on to finish inside the play-off places this term. Can you put a price on that? Reportedly it is £14 million, which seems about right given the electric displays he has consistently produced in Forest’s rise up the Championship table.
Given Everton’s limited summer investment and their situation with Financial Fair Play, that asking price does look a little steep for the Toffees, however with Europa League football at West Ham they may have the best case to lure Johnson in, but in addition to that Thomas Frank and Brentford represent a top-flight club on the up and possibly a more manageable increase in expectations.
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With their position in the league table, six points off of the play-offs with a game in hand, it would be a surprise to see Forest cash in on Johnson at this juncture. His value could decrease come the summer due to his contract situation, but considering how much he offers the Reds in attacking areas if they are serious about a top six finish, they must hold onto him this month.