David Johnson latest

Last updated : 09 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

When Johnno first arrived at the Turf he scored a few goals and that immediately prompted thoughts of a permanent deal. Stan said that he would like to sign him if a deal could be struck and Johnson's agent confirmed that Forest would not be looking for a fee for him.

He cost Forest £3 million in January of last year but the move from Ipswich has not been a success. Forest are clearly looking to get him off the wage bill as they face a third season out of the Premiership and now without the support of the parachute payment.

So it looked as if it would all be down to personal terms because Burnley had said they wanted him and Johnson had said he wanted to sign. Then suddenly everything seemed to change and that started with Forest now seeking some kind of fee for him and an amount of £120,000 having been mentioned. This is all a far cry from a couple of months ago when the Nottingham press were suggesting that Forest would even pay Johnson to go just to get him off the wage bill.

That doesn't look to big a hurdle, not even in the post ITV Digital world of the Football League, but then in come Leicester and a rumoured £1 million bid for him. Now let's face it, if a player is set to leave the club just down the road from you and it looks as though he could move for nothing or a small fee, then would you offer £1 million for him. Of course you wouldn't, after all it is not the ‘Legend in his own Mind' Peter Taylor at Leicester now.

The latest on that is Micky Adams denying any interest in him although I can't quite remember Adams ever publicly saying he had any. Maybe a threat from Leicester can be ignored.

What is fact is that Burnley are still keen to sign David Johnson and David Johnson is still keen to sign for Burnley. A Turf Moor insider told Clarets Mad just this morning that the club are still hopeful he will sign for us during the summer.

Before that can happen maybe the press will link him to another dozen or so clubs but the Leicester story appears to have little foundation and Burnley are still without doubt the big favourites to land the striker.