Johansen is out of contract at Norwegian side Mjondalen at the start of 2022 and Motherwell have zeroed in on him as a potential recruit in the ongoing window.
The Scottish Premiership side slapped in an offer for the player, but it has been rejected, according to Norwegian outlet Nettavisen.
However, Motherwell are claimed to strongly want to sign Johansen and are considering going back in with an improved offer.
The Scottish Premiership side though are not the only club keen on the 26-year-old.
Several sides are alive to Johansen’s situation and could well make a move to rival Motherwell for his signature this summer.
He has clocked 15 appearances in the Norwegian top flight this season, chipping in with one goal and one assist.
Johansen is an experienced campaigner and has turned out in both the Norwegian top flight and second tier.
It remains to be seen if Motherwell will win the race for his signature as he edges towards the exit door at Mjondalen.