Tottenham ‘push’ for £50m Prem star as shock Kane replacement as European giants seek ‘agreement’

Lewis Oldham
Tottenham target Johnson
Harry Kane alongside Brennan Johnson

According to reports, Tottenham are interested in Nottingham Forest attacker Brennan Johnson, who is being pursued by Aston Villa and Brentford.

Johnson was superb for Nottm Forest last season as they avoided relegation from the Premier League. He grabbed eight goals and three assists in the league as Steve Cooper’s side stayed up with a game to spare.

The forward is attracting interest from Forest’s Premier League rivals this summer. Brentford have had a couple of bids rejected for him while Aston Villa have discussed a swap deal involving defender Lucas Digne.

Nottm Forest would unsurprisingly prefer to keep Johnson and they have set their asking price at £50m this summer.

Tottenham will have extra funds at their disposal if Kane leaves and The Daily Mail are reporting that ‘they will push’ for Johnson if their prized asset signs for Bayern Munich.

‘Bayern Munich executives Jan-Christian Dreesen, Marco Neppe and Tottenham’s Daniel Levy’ had a meeting ‘in London’ on Monday to discuss Kane, who is also being targeted by Man Utd and PSG.

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Regarding Johnson, Forest ‘have to be realistic’ and they may be forced to sell with ‘FFP on their shoulder’. The report adds.

‘Tottenham have been busy assessing forward options to fill the void Kane will leave. Bayern’s Mathys Tel has been mentioned, though he isn’t overly keen on a move, and Gift Orban of Gent is another thought to be under consideration. However, Johnson has Premier League experience and is homegrown.

‘Manager Steve Cooper doesn’t want to sell Johnson, who also has admirers at Aston Villa, but with FFP on their shoulder, Forest have to be realistic. They have rebuffed Brentford’s offer of £35m plus add-ons but it’s understood offers closer to £50m would have to be looked at. Tottenham won’t go that high but could find a middle ground as they target a quicker profile to their attack.

‘Forest also like Tottenham centre-back Davinson Sanchez. Tottenham accepted £12.9m from Spartak Moscow for the Colombian but he was reluctant to go and was waiting on Galatasaray.’

German journalist Florian Plettenberg has consistently reported on the Kane saga this summer and he confirmed on Monday evening that ‘no agreement’ has been reached yet between Bayern Munich and Tottenham.

Bayern chiefs ‘did not fly to London today expecting to reach a complete agreement’ but ‘negotiations are ongoing’ between the two clubs.

It was reported over the weekend that Bayern Munich are willing to pay a ‘record’ £86m fee for Kane as they see him as a perfect long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

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