Tottenham have agreed a £47.5m deal to sign Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest. The London club prioritized the addition of Johnson, with Ange Postecoglou viewing the striker as the ideal fit for his style and negotiations with Forest progressed throughout the week.
Johnson, who is reportedly unavailable for Spurs’ game at Burnley on Saturday after missing Friday’s registration deadline, has been coveted by numerous clubs including Chelsea, Aston Villa, West Ham and Brentford. Spurs have acted decisively, having been impressed by the 22-year-old’s breakthrough season in the Premier League last year. He scored eight goals and added three assists in 38 appearances while helping Forest stay up following their promotion.
Capped 20 times by Wales, Johnson can play on the flanks or in the centre. Blessed with pace and quick feet, the Forest academy product bolsters Postecoglou’s options as Spurs enter the post-Harry Kane era. The manager’s top three are Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Son Heung-min.
In reserve are new signing Manor Solomon, Bryan Gil (currently injured) and Ivan Perisic, who Postecoglou used as a left winger. Alejo VelizThe 19-year-old striker, who signed for £12.9 million from Rosario Central, will be settled gradually.
It was a turbulent end to a chaotic window at Spurs, where Postecoglou – himself a new signing – worked without a sporting director following the resignation of Fabio Paratici end of April. The club loaned defenders Japhet Tanganga and Sergio Reguilón to Augsburg and Manchester United respectively. Augsburg will be forced to buy Tanganga for €6m (£5.1m) if he makes a certain number of appearances. There are January break clauses on both sides in every deal.
In midfield, Spurs were hoping to replace Pierre-Emile Højbjerg but he turned down the opportunity to move to Fulham and, with the hours ticking down to deadline day, he was expected to stay put. Ditto for Eric Dier, whom Postecoglou froze. Spurs’ difficulty in moving Højbjerg has made it difficult to remove Conor Gallagher from Chelsea.
Spurs are interested in Bournemouth centre-back Lloyd Kelly. They remain open to offers for Davinson Sánchez and Tanguy Ndombele and want to resolve the problem. situation regarding Hugo Lloris.
Postecoglou described the summer window as “unusual” in terms of how the club sought to drive global change without a sporting director. Chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini took a leading role with Paratici offering advice in the background. Postecoglou made it clear that he expected a sporting director to be appointed as soon as possible. Scott Munn, hired as director of football, still hasn’t officially started.
“Where there is a new manager and no sporting director, I think anyone would say that is unusual,” Postecoglou said. “Usually you had one or the other. Here you enter a window where a lot of things that are usually integrated are not there.
“Am I expecting a resolution soon? Yes. This is the club’s project. It’s fair to say that there was no point in rushing this meeting, especially with a new manager. The idea behind this was probably that the best way to frame this unusual process is to get involved with new people as little as possible. as possible. I think we got through this period pretty well.
“I like working with an athletic director because they do most of the tasks that I just don’t have time to do. When we have a good sports director, we work together. They see the game through your eyes and say, “This guy is going to be perfect for you. »