David Moyes is on a scouting mission at a big World Cup qualifier tonight as West Ham target Brennan Johnson gets top billing.
It is well known that Moyes likes to watch transfer targets live a number of times before making decisions on whether to try and bring them to West Ham.
Whether Moyes is in attendance himself or has head of recruitment Rob Newman and his team on the job, the boss has a scouting mission on the cards when Wales take on Austria in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier in Cardiff this evening.
West Ham fans should not be surprised if they spot Moyes or Newman in the crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium as the Hammers have been heavily linked with Welsh forward Brennan Johnson.
It will be a case of ex West Ham forward versus potential future Hammers forward when Marko Arnautovic leads Austria against Johnson’s Wales.
Moyes is on the scouting mission at the big World Cup qualifier and ahead of the game West Ham target Johnson has been given top billing.
Nottingham Forest rejected big bids for Johnson in January and Football Insider claims West Ham are looking to sign the 20-year-old attacker in the summer.
It is easy to see why Moyes is interested in Johnson. He perfectly fits the Scot’s recruitment policy at West Ham. Young, quick, athletic, talented and undoubtedly hungry to prove himself in the top flight given he is now a full international with Wales.
Johnson has 18 goals and assists in 43 games for Forest from attacking midfield this season. He also has an excellent average match rating of almost 7/10 too (WhoScored).
The alleged West Ham target has been billed as Wales’s next big hope ahead of the World Cup qualifier.
In a lengthy feature by Sky Sports, Johnson is hailed as a huge talent. And Michael Appleton – who managed Johnson during a loan spell at Lincoln last term – said three or four Premier League clubs want to sign him in the summer.
“There were a few things which stood out with Brennan,” Appleton said on Sky Sports.
“He’s got pace and he’s very direct. Whenever he received the ball, even on his back foot, he’d look to turn and always go forward. So many players these days opt to play it square or go backwards but he always looked to be positive.
“The biggest compliment I can pay him is that I used him in five different positions. We played him either side of a striker, we played him as a number 9, as a 10 and even seven games where we played him as a No 8 in midfield.
“We knew we had someone who is not only very talented and grounded but also someone who is very adaptable, intelligent and has the right attitude. He was always among the two or three you’d struggle to get off the training pitch.”
Moyes or his staff will undoubtedly be in attendance to see if the player lives up to the hype on the big stage as they ponder a reported summer bid.