Newcastle have to pay £20m to sign Brennan Johnson in January
Newcastle reportedly join race for £20m man Johnson
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Newcastle reportedly join race for £20m man Johnson

The January window is beginning to come into sharp focus and transfer rumours including Newcastle continue to swirl.

A new report from has claimed that Brennan Johnson of Championship outfit Nottingham Forest is a potential target.

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Where has the claim come from?

The Daily Mail report that Newcastle have joined the race for the Forest forward.

They claim that Everton, Tottenham and West Ham are also keen on the man who came through the ranks at the City Ground and now plays for his boyhood club.

How good is Johnson?

He has five goals and four assists from 23 Championship games so far this season.

That’s not bad for a 20-year-old who largely plays out wide, but can also play as a number ten or also up front.

He is also a Wales international, and has seven caps for his country already.

His potential is huge if he continues as he is going, and the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Ollie Watkins have made the jump up from the second tier in recent seasons.

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It looks like Newcastle need reinforcements at full back, centre half and central midfield more than they need an extra forward right now.

But Johnson could perhaps take some of the goalscoring burden away from Callum Wilson, although that is a lot to ask of a young player who would be making his first foray into the top flight mid-season and being dropped into a relegation battle.

Newcastle have signed Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Forest in the not so recent past so there is a relationship there between the two clubs.

The report claims that Forest have set a £20 million asking price which is attainable for Newcastle if they feel Johnson is worth it and really firm up their interest.