Tottenham scouts are now regularly attending Nottingham Forest matches to watch Brennan Johnson, according to The Telegraph.
The Reds forward has been a revelation this season, scoring 16 goals and claiming nine assists in the Garibaldi.
Johnson almost left Forest during the January transfer window. Brentford saw four bids rejected with the last of those bids in the region of £20 million.
Since the window closed, Johnson has kicked on. Now, West Ham, Leeds, Newcastle and Tottenham are all taking interest in his progress.
Johnson has been in fine form for the Reds all season and has actually played some part in all 41 of Forest’s games in the Championship.
Tottenham’s interest is perhaps more worrying than Brentford’s was. Spurs are still in the mix for a Champions League place and surely Johnson would jump at that opportunity.
Furthermore, the academy graduate has just one year to run on his existing deal and that makes his situation somewhat perilous.
The Reds will face a stern test to keep him when the transfer window reopens. Naturally, if he signed a new deal, however, Forest might retain some of their valuation of the player.
Forest should hold Tottenham to ransom over Johnson
It’s been a while since Forest have seen such a return in the way of goals and assists from a player who isn’t primarily a striker.
Johnson’s versatility has been a massive asset and his partnership with Djed Spence has proved a joy to behold at times this season.
Right now the priority is promotion. Ultimately, as soon as the season is consigned to the history books, the talk will turn to the future of the boy wonder.
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At 20-years-old, the tricky performer is bound to be attracting interest. He’s torn the Championship apart and that is no mean feat given his tender years.
Forest shouldn’t bow down to the mercy of an established Premier League club, however. If Spurs want him they should be forced into paying the going rate.
In January he was valued by Forest at £20 million and since then he’s been brilliant. Closer to £25 million and the Reds will have a seriously big decision to make.