Premier League star ‘expects to be a Tottenham player’ today as Forest line up move for Liverpool icon

Joe Williams
Tottenham transfer target Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson has been linked to Tottenham.

Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson is expecting to be a new Tottenham player by the end of transfer deadline day, according to reports.

Spurs are looking to bring in another attacking player before the transfer window shuts and Johnson has emerged as their top target.

Steve Cooper will be hoping he can keep hold of one of his star players and the former Swansea City manager issued an update on interest in Johnson on Thursday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Forest’s trip to Chelsea on Saturday, Cooper said: “If something’s going to happen then it’s coming to that time.

“We shall see. In terms of Brennan there’s no official news, we just have to carry on as normal. The boys are in for training and we’ll treat it as best we can like a normal day.”

The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that sources ‘expect Tottenham to make an offer on Thursday, with the player keen on a move to north London’ but the ‘scale of Tottenham’s late business may be impacted by how many players they can offload before the window shuts’.

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And now Football Insider claim that Nottingham Forest star Johnson ‘expects to be a Tottenham player by the end of deadline day’ after he ‘agreed terms’ with the north London club.

It is understood that Johnson has ‘made it clear he wants to quit the City Ground and join them ahead of any other suitors’ and Tottenham ‘held extensive talks with Forest over a deal’.

But the main ‘sticking point has been the structure of the deal and the sum of the down payment, with Forest holding out for £45-50million’.

Johnson is ‘hugely impressed’ by Ange Postecoglou’s ‘plan for his development and there are ‘growing expectation that a deal can be done following the latest negotiations’.

Forest are looking to do some business of their own before the transfer deadline with Cooper’s side and Burnley ‘battling it out to sign AC Milan forward Divock Origi’.

The Liverpool icon is understood to be in England for talks and ‘has been told by Milan he can leave on deadline day with a return to the English top flight a strong possibility’.

Football Insider add: ‘Milan are ready to offload the 28-year-old after a difficult start to life in Italy and head coach Stefano Pioli’s long term plans for the club do not include Origi.’