Another new name has been linked with a potential move to Newcastle United next month.
This time it’s Nottingham Forest talent Brennan Johnson, with an ‘exclusive’ from The Mail stating that we are one of several Premier League clubs looking to sign the highly-rated midfielder.
The report states that ourselves and Everton have both made approached the Championship side, who are believed to have slapped a £20m asking price on his head in response.
Johnson has been one of the breakout talents in the second tier this season, bagging five goals and five assists for The Reds as they surge towards the play-off places following a nine-game unbeaten run under Steve Cooper.
The Mail report that our new owners are keen to ‘invest in the future’, while West Ham, Brentford and Tottenham are also said to be admirers of the Welsh international.
He spent last season on loan at Lincoln City, where he bagged an impressive 13 goals and 14 assists for the League One side before returning to play regular Championship at the City Ground.
We may prefer players for NOW in January, needing instant impact in our current predicament, but it’s good to see our new owners are also keeping a close eye on some of the best young talent in the EFL.