Tottenham transfers: Ornstein gives update on £50m Brennan Johnson chase as rival move sees Nottingham Forest dig in


Transfer insider David Ornstein has shared the latest information he’s heard on Brennan Johnson’s proposed move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day.

It’s reported that there could be as many as eight incomings and outgoings at Spurs on the final day of the summer window, with Ange Postecoglou pushing to try and get at least two possibly three new signings in.

Johnson is one of those players that the Australian wants on board, while Tottenham continue to be linked with the likes of Connor Gallagher, Lloyd Kelly, Perr Schuurs, Gift Orban and Eberechi Eze all linked with a move to north London.

But in terms of Johnson, The Athletic’s Ornstein has given an update on where the move is currently at, and how Cole Palmer’s move from Manchester City to Chelsea has likely impacted Nottingham Forest’s stance on the Wales international winger.

Speaking about the 22-year-old, Ornstein said: “When they see a Cole Palmer going to Chelsea for £42m, £45m they aren’t going to budge easily on their £50m valuation for Brennan Johnson.

“But I don’t think anybody is going to pay £50m for Brennan Johnson. So, there could be this kind of toing and froing in the last 24 hours as to whether that balance tips, he departs because Mr [Evangelos] Marinakis needs that money to reinvest.”

Tottenham certainly have the money to pay up for Johnson, having offloaded Harry Kane for what could end up being more than £100m. However, much depends on whether Daniel Levy is prepared to be held to ransom by Forest, if he does not believe the attacker is worth that much.

Postecoglou needs another forward on board

One thing is for sure, if Spurs fail to get another forward player through the door before the window closes then that will be seen as a major fail by the club.

Kane joined Bayern Munich on August 12, leaving Levy and co more than two weeks to try and fill that huge void.

Postecoglou has not been helped by Richarlison’s struggles in front of goal, with the Brazilian failing to register in the opening three Premier League games. He did, however, find the target in the Carabao Cup loss at Fulham and the hope is that will be the first of many for the former Everton man this season.

Tottenham are, however, relying on a player who has never been a prolific scorer at Premier League level, and the hope is that Kane’s goals will be shared around in Postecoglou’s more fluid attack.

James Maddison has certainly started the season on fire, but Son Heung-min still looks to be below his best – so adding Johnson to that mix will certainly give Spurs more penetration in attack.

Postecoglou’s men are back in action on Saturday when they head to Burnley in the Premier League.