Forest are said to be rivalling QPR and Preston North End for the 19-year olds signature, according to The Mirror, via Football League World.
He has two senior appearances for Newcastle United to his name. With that said, they may want to hold onto him for a little while longer meaning a loan move might be more likely.
Given where Forest sit in the Championship table compared to the others vying for his signature, they should be in pole position.
They would be huge shoes to fill with Johnson topping the goal scoring charts at the City Ground this season with 14.
He may have less experience overall, but he is slightly younger than the Reds’ star who only burst onto the scene himself last season.
Forest is also the perfect place when it comes to developing young talents, this season their academy has achieved success by reaching the FA Youth Cup semi-final where they are still yet to face Chelsea.
One thing his parent club would have to assess is how much game time he would get. If Forest do end up losing Johnson then it would make this move even more likely.
They will also be without striker Lewis Grabban whose contract is up at the end of the season.
As Newcastle have already shown interest in 20-year old Johnson, maybe a deal involving the two could be done. Either way, it can’t be long until we see both players at a higher level than they currently are.