The Wales international is a top target for Ange.
Tottenham Hotspur’s reported late approach for Nottingham Forest player Brennan Johnson has been updated by journalists Ryan Walker and Simon Jones.
Who will the Spurs bring in next?
Ange Postecoglou is aiming to replace Harry Kane’s goalscoring effect after the England international chose to join Bayern Munich in a potential £103 million transfer.
Kane, who scored 30 goals in 38 league appearances for Spurs last season, will be a difficult player to replace, but Postecoglou’s new-look and fluid side has performed admirably thus far.
Spurs’ Premier League triumphs over Manchester United and Bournemouth displayed the head coach’s brand of open, attacking game, but the club certainly needs more depth in the attacking areas ahead of a long season.
Postecoglou has had plenty of time to consider how he can replace Kane, with the Australian acknowledging that Tottenham’s former star had been eyeing the exit door for quite some time.
“I had a conversation with Harry the first day he arrived, and he was up front and honest, and I was the same,” Postecoglou said ahead of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford.
“You get the impression that he’s made up his mind: that if the clubs agreed, he’d leave, especially if it was before the first game.” That was also my preference.
“There’s nothing along the way that has given me the impression that there is anything other than this outcome.”
Johnson, who was a key figure in Forest’s successful relegation battle last season, has been named as one of the top candidates for the position.
Walker and Jones, writing for The Daily Mail, provide an update on Tottenham’s interest in the Wales international as the club prepares a last-ditch bid.
They are expected to make a late bid to sign Johnson, who Postecoglou admires for his mobility throughout the attacking zones.
However, there is a potential stumbling block in the form of Brentford’s interest, with the Bees resuming discussions to recruit the 22-year-old after initially withdrawing from the contest.
How good is Brennan Johnson?
Johnson has eight goals and three assists in the league last season, for a total of eleven goal contributions. Ex-Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen was extremely enthusiastic about the player.
“Bren’s a superstar, I loved working with Bren,” he said on the Shut Up and Show More Football programme on BBC Radio Nottingham.
“I knew he was going to be a superstar the first time I saw him play football.”
“I actually sent him a video of some clips we did for him when he was 18 the other day.” I cold-called League 1, League 2 managers to try to get him on loan because he was too good for our under-23s.
“I won’t name the club, but one refused to take him on a free because he didn’t want to pay the hotel bill for him – now he’s gone onto what he’s gone onto.”
“It’s crazy that people couldn’t see what everyone else in the football club saw, but he obviously needed a loan too.”