EXCLUSIVE: Brentford in contract talks with striker wanted by Tottenham

Marcus Forss TEAMtalk

Championship promotion-hopefuls Brentford are in talks with striking starlet Marcus Forss about a new long-term contract, according to TEAMtalk sources.

Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur are amongst the clubs who have been monitoring the 21-year-old, who has claimed five goals already this term despite starting just two games.

Forss, who was called up by Finland for the first time this season, began his career in England with West Bromwich Albion before being snapped up by Brentford in 2018.

Forss has seen his game time severely limited by the presence of summer signing Ivan Toney, but despite them being unable to offer the Finnish international first-team football this season, they believe he can have a huge future at the club.

The Finn is contracted to Brentford until 2023, but they are ready to reward his recent progress and show him how highly regarded he is at the Community Stadium.

The Bees are desperate to get the exciting talent tied down to a longer term deal to fend off interest in the January window.

Forss was loaned to Wimbledon last summer and he he was a big hit with the League One side.

He was named the EFL Young Player of the Month for October and scored 11 goals before he got injured and had to return to Brentford.

TEAMtalk reported in November that there was strong interest from Germany in Forss.

In recent times, they have sold Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma for huge profits. But the Bees are keen to keep the Forss and hope he pens a new deal.

Spurs interest

According to Eurosport, Tottenham are eager to compete for Forss’ signature.

It is claimed that Daniel Levy does not want to miss out on a player who could soon be wanted by a number of top clubs.

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes it is a ‘huge season’ for Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho after he was backed heavily in the summer transfer window by chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham turned to the Championship to bolster their squad by signing Joe Rodon from Swansea in the summer. A few years before that, they plucked Dele Alli from League One and made him a first team regular.

Hence, they have shown they are willing to give a pathway to players from lower divisions. Forss could be another one they try to lure to Hotspur Way.