Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has delivered praise to Brennan Johnson after he joined Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds chief has been speaking about club matters after the transfer window slammed shut on Friday night.
Forest did lose Johnson on a dramatic deadline day, although by letting Johnson go, the club were able to bolster the squad with seven players.
However, his sale allowed the club to land the number one summer target Ibrahim Sangare from PSV.
He has penned a long-term deal at the City Ground. He joins for a fee of around £30 million and will hope to star at the club.
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Marinakis has been delivering his latest update on the club’s official website and he wishes Johnson all the best at Tottenham.
He said: “Brennan epitomises all that is great about football. A young boy playing for his local team, fulfilling his dreams and growing not just as a footballer, but as a human being.
“He is the ultimate young professional and his contributions to the club he loves have been enormous – helping us achieve promotion back to the Premier League and instrumental in helping us retain that status on the final home game of last season.
“Go well, Brennan, be strong and healthy and we wish you every success.”
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Johnson had to go from a financial perspective this summer. Although Forest weren’t in danger of failing financial fair play, they were edging closer to the threshold.
Selling an academy graduate means that the transfer fee is straight profit onto the financial fair play accounts. The exit has allowed the club to further strengthen the squad too.
It’s never nice to see a top player leave. However, Johnson going has allowed Forest to now set the squad up in several key areas and the club should be lauded for that.