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Tottenham pounce for Postecoglou target with big bid coming and shaky star to be ditched in Nottingham Forest swap

Brennan Johnson, Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest, January 2023

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to make their move for Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson and are expected to send one of their own players in the opposite direction.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham have taken encouragement that they would be Johnson’s preferred destination this summer, since he believes he would have the best chance of earning regular gametime there.

It means that Tottenham are ahead of the likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Brentford in his list. In turn, they are now trying to convince Forest to sell him.

The asking price is in the region of £50m, but the report claims Tottenham will try to drive it down by including one of their own players in the deal. As things stand, the most likely casualty would be Davinson Sanchez.

Sanchez has not exactly been the most reliable defender Tottenham have ever had, so they would be willing to move him on after wrapping up the signing of Micky van de Ven.

Reports have also suggested Sanchez could be a target for Monaco, although Forest have been linked too, which Tottenham seem well aware of.

Now, it could work to Spurs’ advantage in their quest to sign Johnson. The 22-year-old has been identified as an ideal target to contribute across the attacking areas in Ange Postecoglou’s system.

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Harry Kane leaving for Bayern Munich has opened up a huge void in the Tottenham frontline that will be hard to fill. After Johnson scored eight goals in his debut Premier League season, though – featuring either as a winger or more centrally – the signs are promising in terms of how the Wales international could develop further.

One thing that is not yet clear is how much money Tottenham are willing to put on the table for Johnson and how much they think Sanchez – or anyone else, depending on whose wages Forest can afford – would be worth as a counterpart.

Johnson is still under contract at the City Ground until 2026 and has 107 appearances for his current club to his name so far. During that time, he has scored 29 goals – 16 of which came in the Championship campaign that culminated in their promotion to the Premier League in 2022.

After adapting well with every step up in his career – indeed, the season Forest won promotion was his first back at the club after a loan spell in League One with Lincoln City – Johnson might be backing himself to make an impact at a club like Tottenham.

No European football is on offer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, but the club are accustomed to finishing in the top half of the Premier League at the very least.

With a few signings in the mould of Johnson, they would be aiming to get back to where they feel they belong.