Tottenham have been linked with a move for Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson.
Spurs are in the mix with Arsenal, Brentford, Newcastle and Everton to sign the £20m-rated Reds star.
That doesn’t bode well for Forest and they might have to be prepared to accept the very best deal they can.
In Tottenham’s case, they may have a couple of players who could be of interest to Forest.
Recently, the Reds have been linked with a loan deal for under-23 star Dilan Markanday.
In the last 12 months, Forest have also been courting Jack Clarke with the winger allowed to leave during January.
As a result, the Reds might be in a position to demand both players as part of any deal for Johnson.
The 20-year-old has been in fine form during his maiden campaign playing in the Championship.
He has scored five goals and registered four assists for the Reds, thriving under Steve Cooper’s influence.
There is a problem emerging though regarding Johnson’s contract.
He has just 18 months left on his current deal and that could leave Forest in a position where they’re tempted to sell.
Tottenham could make a bid of their own and the Reds would be wise to get their stance clear.
Forest must seek Tottenham duo as part of any deal for Johnson
It does seem unlikely that Spurs will part with Markanday permanently but on loan, Forest should certainly ask the question.
Clarke is another player with bags of potential and with regular game time he could kick-start his career.
There is also the finances that need to be mentioned.
Neither of those players should knock too much off the £20 million but Forest would certainly welcome two extra bodies into their squad.
In an ideal world, Johnson wouldn’t be sold in January.
Realistically, clubs could offer a lot of money and that could leave Forest facing a dilemma.
If Tottenham do pick up the phone, Forest must ask for both Markanday and Clarke.