Everton just about secured another season in the Premier League after a difficult relegation battle and are now looking at options to strengthen the squad, with a new transfer update emerging on one particular target.
As per the report, Johnson is at the top of Everton’s transfer list alongside Burnley defender James Tarkowski, and their offer will depend on the outcome of the Championship play-off final this weekend.
If Forest secure Premier League promotion on Sunday, then the Wales international will reportedly open talks to extend his contract at the City Ground, and a move away from his boyhood club would seem unlikely in that event.
Amidst speculation that Richarlison could leave Goodison Park this summer, Frank Lampard could use the opportunity to develop some upcoming young talent, and Johnson could be Richarlison 2.0 for Everton if he makes the move to Merseyside this summer.
The £20m-valued ace, who was hailed “unbelievable” by ex-Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi, has been phenomenal for the Reds, scoring 19 goals and registering nine assists over 52 appearances in all competitions. He has a goal involvement every 159 minutes this season, which is an astonishing return for a 21-year-old.
Johnson’s output has not only guided his team to potential Premier League promotion, he has also gained individual recognition as he was named EFL Young Player of the Year recently too. That will all be a huge attraction for Everton, who are desperate to improve their goalscoring return next season.
The Toffees’ top scorer in 2021/22 was the aforementioned Richarlison with 11 goals and five assists in all competitions. He was the only player in blue to hit a double-figure goal tally during the campaign.
Lampard’s side finished the season 16th in the Premier League, with the fifth-worst goal difference out of all 20 teams, and this will need to drastically improve if the Merseyside club want to avoid another relegation fight next term.
The young Forest attacker, who was dubbed a “talent” by football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, could thrive under the watchful eye of an attack-minded coach like Lampard. The 43-year-old is experienced in nurturing young players such as Champions League winner Mason Mount, so the prospective signing of Johnson could be a major coup for Everton if it comes off, and also a huge opportunity for the Welshman to grow his career.