Everton eyeing move for Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson after achieving survival


Everton eyeing move for Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson after achieving survival – but an offer for £20m-rated 21-year-old will depend on outcome of Championship play-off final this Sunday

  • Sportsmail understands Brennan Johnson is top of Everton’s summer wishlist
  • An offer for Johnson will be shaped by Forest’s fate in the play-off final 
  • Should Forest win then the Wales international will open talks over a new deal
  • If Forest to lose then his departure would appear likely, with a £20m fee mooted

Everton are readying a move for Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson after achieving Premier League survival.

Sportsmail understands the 21-year-old is at the top of their summer wishlist, along with Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

But an offer for Johnson will be shaped by Forest’s fate in this Sunday’s Championship play-off final against Huddersfield Town.

Everton are readying a move for Nottingham Forest’s star winger Brennan Johnson

Sportsmail understands the 21-year-old is at the top of Frank Lampard's summer wishlist

Sportsmail understands the 21-year-old is at the top of Frank Lampard’s summer wishlist

Should Forest win then the Wales international will open talks over a new contract with just 12 months to run on his current deal.

There is no guarantee an agreement will be reached, however, and were Forest to lose then his departure would appear likely. A fee in the region of £20million has been mooted.

Everton, like Newcastle, Leicester and Brentford, have watched Johnson this season, during which he has scored 19 times from 50 appearances and was last week named Championship Player of the Year. 

Everton, like Newcastle, Leicester and Brentford, have watched Johnson this season

Everton, like Newcastle, Leicester and Brentford, have watched Johnson this season

Sources say the Toffees are determined to beat off competition for his signature should the player decide to leave the City Ground.

Meanwhile, were Everton to win the race for free agent Tarkowski, it could see defender Michael Keane leave Goodison Park, with West Ham and David Moyes keeping tabs on his situation. 

Moyes worked with Keane during his time at Manchester United and remains an admirer of the 29-year-old.

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