Leicester City could secure their ideal heir to experienced winger Marc Albrighton this summer after being linked with a move for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson.
According to The Athletic, Brendan Rodgers’ charges are amongst several clubs to have shown “varying degrees of interest” in the 20-year-old after an impressive loan spell at Lincoln City.
Johnson has also reportedly caught the eye of Brentford, Barnsley and Leeds United, meaning the Foxes may have to move quickly this summer in order to secure their man.
The youngster played a pivotal part as Michael Appleton’s Imps reached the League One play-off final last season, bagging 13 goals and providing a further 14 assists in 48 appearances.
His standout displays in Lincoln’s 3-2 aggregate victory over Sunderland in the play-off semi-finals led to retired England and Manchester United star David Beckham offering his congratulations online.
Beckham is friends with Johnson’s father following their time together in the Old Trafford outfit’s youth academy and posted: “Well done mate what a game” after the narrow victory.
In an interview towards the end of the recently concluded campaign, Appleton lauded the pacey winger, claiming he’s ready to play at a higher level.
“I do think he is ready to make the step up to the next level. Chris Hughton (Forest manager) has done a good job as manager and will have developed a lot of players over the years,” said the Lincoln boss.
“I know he is well aware of how well Brennan is doing. It has been a good season for him. He just needs to keep doing what he has been doing here because if he can do that, I am sure he will be in and around the Forest first team next season.”
While Johnson may not be ready for a regular starting berth at the King Power Stadium just yet, he could be an ideal long-term successor to Albrighton on the right-hand side.
The Premier League winner is currently Leicester’s only option in that position, and Johnson’s potential arrival could ensure the transition to life without the 31-year-old goes as smoothly as possible and that the club have a promising youngster to come in and out of the side as and when required as Albrighton simply can’t play every game.