Nottingham Forest’s Vladimir Stojkovic
As far back as March, the Nottingham Post claimed that Forest would cut ties with Vladimir Stojkovic at the end of the season.
Three months on, however, the 33-year-old Serbian is still contracted to Nottingham Forest – despite a dreadful debut campaign which had many supporters calling for his head at every given opportunity.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the error-strewn goalkeeper will not be part of manager Mark Warburton’s plans next season. Therefore, with only youngster Jordan Smith and crocked Stephen Henderson to pick from, reinforcements between the sticks are a must at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton
Therefore, with Manchester United making Sam Johnstone available for transfer this summer, Forest would surely jump at the opportunity to make the 24-year-old their first marquee signing of the Evangelos Marinakis era.
After all, the Nottingham Post claimed a year ago that Forest were one of ten Championship clubs aiming to take the shot-stopper on yet another loan deal away from Old Trafford. And, after an excellent spell at Aston Villa in the second half of last season, Johnstone has established himself as one of the nation’s most promising young goalkeepers.
Sam Johnstone made a mistake to gift Forest a victory against Villa but was solid thereafter
Therefore, it’s no surprise that he is in demand again this summer. The Daily Mail claim that Leeds United want to sign Johnstone from their cross-Pennine rivals while Villa are keen on a permanent deal.
However, with the report adding that United would demand £5 million for their homegrown prospect, you wonder whether Forest may be priced out.
After all, Johnstone would become the club’s third most expensive signing of all time after Britt Assombalonga and Pierre Van Hooijdonk. And although Marinakis has promised Warburton that funds will be available, per The Mirror, it appears unlikely they’d dedicate so much of their budget to signing one player.