West Ham have been told that it will cost them around £14m to prise Brennan Johnson away from Nottingham Forest, according to the Daily Mail.

The Hammers are one of several Premier League clubs linked with a move for 20-year-old Johnson, who has featured 25 times for the Championship side this season.

His five goals and five assists so far have helped Forest to ninth in the table, six points off the playoff places after 24 games.

According to the Daily Mail, Forest are desperate to keep hold of the Wales international and have slapped an eight-figure asking price on him to try and put off the likes of West Ham, Everton, Brentford and Newcastle.

The Forest academy graduate broke into the first-team this season after a productive loan spell at Lincoln in League One last year where he scored ten goals and registered five assists.

Developing

If there is one thing that West Ham have got right since the return of David Moyes, it’s their recruitment.

So if the manager has his eye on Johnson then you can be sure that he sees something in him that can help the ‘unbelievable‘ 20-year-old develop and help West Ham going forward.

His versatility allows him to play across the entire midfield and forward positions to a good level, but he is still clearly developing and would need to be given time to adapt and grow into the role.

There are likely to be a few departures in the first-team this summer, so it’s possible that Moyes will sanction the move now to give him a head-start on that adaptation process before settling on a position for him long-term and embedding him into the squad for next year.

£14m is a hefty sum for a 20-year-old, but West Ham have added cash thanks to their new part-owner and are a breeding ground for young talent so it would be seen as an investment.

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