Reporter Sami Mokbel from the Daily Mail has shed light on Tottenham’s transfer strategy, suggesting that the club wants to offload a few players before finalizing a deal for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson.
This communication with Forest explains why the Johnson transfer saga could extend close to the deadline.
Tottenham appears to be taking a cautious approach, possibly due to the need to manage their squad size and wage bill.
Mokbel indicates that they have informed Nottingham Forest of their intention to secure outgoing transfers before submitting an improved offer for Johnson.
He said (9:38):
Brennan Johnson to Spurs to go down to the wire.
Tottenham have communicated to Nottingham Forest that they want to lock in a couple of outgoings before submitting an improved offer for Brennan Johnson, who is still attracting interest from Brentford and one other Premier League club.
Spurs have already made one offer of around £40m that has been turned down by Forest.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are leaving it late for Johnson, with this one expected to run close to the deadline.
A number of players have been linked with an exit including Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga, Sergio Reguilon, Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele.
Tanganga seems to be on his way to Germany with a loan deal agreed with Augsburg while the Spanish fullback Sergio Reguilon is close to becoming a Manchester United player for the rest of the season.
Sanchez is proving to be a difficult one to get rid of as the player does not want to leave. He has already rejected a move to Spartak Moscow before and latest report claims he is not keen on a move to Nottingham Forest either despite interest.
As the transfer window’s deadline approaches, how Tottenham manages its outgoings and finalizes the Brennan Johnson deal remains to be seen.