West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Brennan Johnson to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a claim made by ExWHUemployee, with the club insider revealing on a recent episode of The West Ham Way podcast that the Hammers are keeping an extremely close eye on the development of the Nottingham Forest attacking midfielder ahead of a potential swoop this summer.
Speaking about David Moyes’ interest in the 20-year-old, Ex said: “Of the other players that are on the radar and that we are keeping tabs on ahead of potential summer offers – the main one is Brennan Johnson.
“He plays for Nottingham Forest, he’s very highly-rated and very impressive. He’s standing out a lot at Nottingham Forest in their recent resurgence and a number of clubs are looking at him.”
While it is true that a new centre-back and centre-forward will be the 58-year-old manager’s priority positions in the summer transfer window, a player in the mould of Johnson is also badly needed by the Scotsman.
Indeed, despite Moyes currently having the options of Nikola Vlasic, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini in the number 10 role, it is arguably only the latter of this quartet whose best position is playing off the striker, with the other three appearing much better suited to attacking from out wide.
And, while the Argentina international has enjoyed something of a resurgence this season – scoring four goals and registering two assists over his 19 Premier League appearances – the £12.5m-rated 29-year-old has typically been something of a bit-part player for West Ham in recent seasons.
As such, it would indeed appear a wise move for Moyes to start planning for the future in the position, and, considering the sheer amount of potential Johnson quite clearly possesses, the 20-year-old would very much look to make an excellent addition to the Hammers’ current options in attacking midfield.
Indeed, over his 31 Championship appearances so far this season, the £900k-rated starlet has been in breathtaking form for Forest, having scored nine goals, registered six assists and created 11 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots and making 1.3 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the forward who Sabri Lamouchi dubbed an “unbelievable” talent and Glenn Murray labelled a “special” player who is “destined for the top” average a rather remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.07, ranking him as Steve Cooper’s third-best player in the second tier of English football.
So, considering Johnson’s obvious ability, as well as West Ham’s need of a fresh face in attacking midfield, it would appear an extremely smart move by Moyes and his Irons transfer team to do all they can to get a deal over the line for the £20m talent this summer.