Former Lincoln City loanee Brennan Johnson has his heart set on a move to Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the transfer window next week, according to Football Insider.
The 22-year-old has become a key player at Nottingham Forest, helping the side secure promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 1999 before hitting eight top flight goals as they avoided relegation straight back to the Championship last season.
The attacker has also become pivotal within the Wales national team and has been tipped to take on the mantle following the retirement of Gareth Bale at the beginning of this year.
Johnson received his first taste of regular first team football during a loan spell with League One outfit Lincoln City during the 2020/21 campaign as the Imps defied the odds to reach the play-off final, only to lose out to Blackpool at Wembley Stadium.
Having hit 13 goals in all competitions for Michael Appleton’s team, he then returned to the City Ground and avenged the previous season by tasting victory in the Championship play-off final with Forest in a narrow win over Huddersfield Town.
It is this form which has attracted the attention of a host of fellow Premier League clubs, with Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur all said to be keen. According to Football Insider’s report, Johnson has informed close friends that he would like to head to North London with Spurs.
It is claimed that the player wants to play for a club capable of playing in the Champions League and believes he would receive more game time at Tottenham than he would at Chelsea.
Forest are holding out for at least £45 million for their former academy graduate, with Spurs still some way short of that valuation. However, manager Ange Postecoglou is keen to add another attacker to his front line before the end of the transfer window next week and is armed with a hefty war chest following the big money sale of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich.
Nottingham Forest know that they are in a battle to keep one of their star players, but there is only so long that he can remain at the club before he takes an opportunity elsewhere. It’s no surprise to see top clubs now battling for his signature, and there was also interest from Manchester United last summer before he penned a new four-year deal.
I saw a lot of Johnson during his loan stint at Lincoln City and it was clear that he was a star in the making. Forest have done well to keep him for this long, but they are well within their rights to hold out for as much money as possible. Expect to see this drag on until the end of the window next Friday.