Leeds United are reportedly preparing to make an offer for Nottingham Forest’s Welsh starlet Brennan Johnson.
According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Leeds United are readying an offer for Nottingham Forest youngster Brennan Johnson as they eye a swoop for the Welsh attacking midfielder.
Johnson has been with the Nottingham Forest academy since 2009 and has enjoyed a steady progression through the ranks at the EFL Championship outfit. He made his senior debut for the Reds in 2019, at the age of 18, but spent the 2020/21 campaign out on loan at Lincoln City, where he enjoyed a solid year.
Johnson produced an impressive return of 13 goals and 14 assists from 48 games in all competitions for Lincoln City, which set him up for a first-team breakthrough this season at Nottingham Forest. Having become a regular fixture in the side for the Championship outfit, the 20-year-old has scored and assisted three goals apiece in 17 games in 2021/22.
The versatile attacking midfielder has also managed to break into the Welsh national team on the back of his displays, earning five caps. Johnson’s current contract with Nottingham Forest runs till the summer of 2023. And even though the club are insistent on handing him a new deal, the 20-year-old is attracting a lot of interest from clubs in the Premier League.
Johnson is believed to be on the radars of Crystal Palace and Everton, while Leeds United have also registered an interest in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder. In fact, as per the report mentioned above, the Whites are now ready to act on their interest and make an offer for the Nottingham Forest starlet.
Able to play on the flanks, Johnson can also play as a central attacking midfielder and a No. 9. Such versatility can make him a huge asset for Leeds. While they have options on the flanks, summer signing Daniel James hasn’t clicked as expected.
With Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts not producing the goods in the final third, Johnson can provide Marcelo Bielsa with an added option in the attacking midfield role. He would also provide cover in the centre-forward role in the absence of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo Moreno.
So, a move for Johnson would make sense for the Yorkshire-based outfit. It remains to be seen how much they offer for the 20-year-old Welshman and if Nottingham Forest are willing to do a deal.