Tottenham willing to send £20m flop back to former club in player-plus-cash deal for £50m Prem star

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Tottenham want Johnson
Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson.

According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur are open to negotiating a player-plus-cash deal with Nottingham Forest as they attempt to sign Brennan Johnson.

The Forest attacker was one of the breakout stars in the Premier League last season as he helped Steve Cooper’s side avoid relegation to the Championship.

The 22-year-old grabbed eight goals and three assists in the Premier League and he is now attracting interest from several clubs in the Premier League.

Brentford have submitted a couple of bids for Johnson, with their latest bid of around £40m being rejected by Nottingham Forest.

Johnson has also been linked with Aston Villa but he is reportedly under consideration by Tottenham as they scour the market for potential replacements for Harry Kane.

The Daily Mail are now reporting that ‘Tottenham may offer Djed Spence and Joe Rodon in talks for Nottingham Forest winger Johnson who is valued at £50million’.

‘Several Premier League sides are interested in Johnson, but Forest aren’t keen to budge on their asking price for the forward.

‘Brentford have already seen bids rejected – the latest £40million – with it unclear if they will go in again as they search for another forward.

‘Spence and Rodon, meanwhile, aren’t expected to play a key role for Ange Postecoglou’s side this campaign and may leave the club before the end of the transfer window.’

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Rodon joined Spurs from Swansea City for around £11m in 2020. He has made just 15 appearances in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons and he spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Ligue Un outfit Rennes.

Spence meanwhile was recruited by Tottenham last summer after the defender helped Nottm Forest get promoted through the play-offs in 21/22 while he was on loan from Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The England U21 international cost Spurs £20m but – like Rodon – he was sent on loan to Rennes after barely featuring for the Premier League club in the first few months of his debut season.

Speaking last season, Spence claimed that he “learned a lot” during his first year at Tottenham.

“Definitely my tactical side. I am learning a lot from training and learning a lot from the guys, so I am learning a lot at the moment,” Spence said.

“I guess it is just something new that me, myself, I have got to learn but I am working hard to improve, working hard to get in the team and hopefully I can get some run of games soon.

“I have just got to be patient and when my time comes, I’ve just got to take it.”

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