Nottingham Forest and Barnsley to battle it out for Norwegian hotshot
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, writing for Football Insider, Championship pair Nottingham Forest and Barnsley have both identified AZ Alkmaar striker Bjorn Johnsen as a potential striker target ahead of the new season.
Nottingham Forest’s new boss Sabri Lamouchi is looking to further bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season and Championship new boys Daniel Stendel is also in the market for attacking reinforcements, with Kieffer Moore attracting continued interest.
Both clubs have identified the same man as one of their top striker targets, it has been claimed. Norway international Bjorn Johnsen, who currently plays for AZ Alkmaar, is on the radar of the Championship pair having impressed during his time in The Netherlands over the course of the past two seasons.
Johnsen formerly played for Scottish Premiership side Hearts, and after an average spell with the Jam Tarts (37 appearances, seven goals and seven assists), Johnsen made a move to Dutch side ADO Den Haag. The 27-year-old spent only one season, in which his goalscoring exploits warranted a move to AZ Alkmaar, having netted 19 goals in 37 games.
In his first season for AZ, Johnsen scored seven goals in 25 games, and with interest from England growing, the Dutch side may have to fend off interest if they want to keep the striker at the club this summer.
Johnsen has been in prolific form for the Norway national team since making his debut in June 2017. The striker has scored five goals in 13 games for his country.
Standing at 195, Johnsen is a danger from set-pieces and in aerial battles, proving to be a nuisance for opposition defenders. It is yet to emerge if either club have made an approach to try and sign Johnsen, or if Forest and Barnsley opt to look at other targets.