Tottenham set to ‘offer two stars’ for Brennan Johnson as Harry Kane saga takes new twist
Tottenham are interested in signing Nottingham Forest and Wales forward Brennan Johnson this summer.
Tottenham could reportedly offer two players to Nottingham Forest in exchange for striker Brennan Johnson. The arrival of the Wales international would throw another twist into the saga surrounding the future of Harry Kane.
Tottenham rejected Bayern Munich’s latest offer for Kane on Monday. The striker wants his future wants to be sorted by this weekend and before his wife gives birth to his fourth child.
Bayern’s bid could have reached £86million but Tottenham are holding out for at least £100m. Despite Kane’s self-imposed deadline, there are still three-and-a-half weeks remaining of the summer transfer window.
And it appears Spurs are looking at contingency plans in case Kane does go. The Mail reports that Forest star Johnson is on their radar.
Forest value Johnson at £50m but Tottenham could look to offer two players instead of paying a fee. The report says defender Joe Rodon and wing-back Djed Spence may be used as part of the deal.
Rodon and Spence are not expected to play a key role under Ange Postecoglou at Spurs. The pair both spent time out on loan in France last season.
Rodon spent the entire campaign at Rennes, while Spence joined the same club in January. Spence has already played for Forest before, enjoying a fine season on loan at the City Ground, helping them to promotion back to the Premier League.
He joined Spurs from Middlesbrough last summer but was rarely given a chance by Antonio Conte. He made just six appearances in all competitions before moving to Rennes.
It remains to be seen if Forest would accept Rodon and Spence in exchange for Johnson. The 22-year-old impressed in his first season in the Premier League last term but scored just eight goals in 38 appearances.
There has been interest from elsewhere in England, with Brentford having two bids rejected. The Bees’ latest offer was £40m as Forest look to hold out for their £50m valuation.
If Tottenham sign Johnson, it could be a clear indication that they are looking at life after Kane. Johnson has played out wide at times but also operates as a central striker.
Spurs already have Brazil’s No 9 in Richarlison and he could be in line for a prominent role if Kane goes. Johnson would provide an alternative option to Richarlison as well as having the versatility to play across the frontline.
Johnson only signed a new four-year contract with Forest last summer. There are still three years on that deal remaining, leaving Forest in a good bargaining position to hold out for the fee they want.