Tottenham are still way short of the valuation that Nottingham Forest want to receive for Brennan Johnson. The impasse in negotiations could see Chelsea make their move in the coming days as the transfer window nears a closure.
The Independent claim that Forest aren’t willing to budge on a basic £40 million. Any deal would need to include players and likely a significant amount of add-ons if the club are to do business to sell Johnson this month.
Johnson is thought to be willing to go to Tottenham this summer. Personal terms won’t be a problem between the club and the player but Spurs are said to be very frustrated that they can’t agree a deal with Forest.
Chelsea are currently further back in the race. They’re considering a number of forward options but they could emerge as contenders to sign Johnson from Forest if they’re left frustrated in their chase to sign other players.
Forest would be open to keeping Johnson this summer as he’s considered one of the star players. However, if he does leave, Forest would have some room to manoeuvre with their own recruitment drive before the window closes.
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The Reds have been linked with signing several new players this summer. However, the consensus is that some have proved difficult to get over the line, with Forest toeing the line of Financial Fair Play and in need of curbing the spending.
Johnson has been a revelation over the past two seasons. He scored 19 times as the Reds won promotion to the Premier League and last season he bagged himself eight goals in the top-flight to catch the eye of some top clubs.
Tottenham frustrated in pursuit of Forest star Johnson
Daniel Levy looks to be getting played at his own game here and we love to see it! If Tottenham don’t want to pay the valuation that Forest want then they’d be wise to leave the Reds player alone.
Chelsea shouldn’t be discounted just yet, however. Given that they want a centre-forward though, Johnson is likely to be an afterthought at this stage.
The Reds player deserves respect when it comes to the bids that are being made. Last season was his first in the Premier League and Clinton Morrison called him ‘fantastic’ for his winning goal against Leeds.
Forest will desperately be hoping to keep Johnson around this season. If he can hit double figures this time around, he could be worth even more when next summer comes around.