Only a couple of weeks remain before the close of the summer transfer window, and Tottenham still has two main priorities: offload the deadweight and find another attacker, although acquiring another centre-back would be nice, too.
It’s fair to say that Ange Postecoglou has his hand’s full heading into the season with limited options in the number 9 role, and while our outing against Brentford last Sunday was far from concerning, we still need to reinforce the attack.
Over the past few weeks, several reports have linked Spurs to KAA Gent’s young talent, Gift Orban. However, there has been comparatively limited coverage on the matter since.
Cue the Brennan Johnson rumours.
The 22-year-old, currently playing at Nottingham Forest, is an exciting prospect who has stood the test of the Premier League’s physicality, scoring eight league goals last season.
Unfortunately, the rumours of his Spurs move are simply that.
While one outlet suggests that a swap proposal was sent to Forest, no formal bid has been made for the Welsh international, nor is he Tottenham’s number one target.
Important to note is that earlier in the window, Brentford had been hoping to sign Johnson and sent bids to Forest on two separate occasions. Both were rejected. Brentford’s most recent rejected bid was for almost £40 million, showing what Tottenham is up against.
Daniel Levy and company will need to spend about £50 million to secure Johnson’s services. While that’s nothing compared to what some clubs are spending (Chelsea comes to mind), it’s a substantial amount for Tottenham.
At present, Spurs have two options.
Ivan Toney has been passed around as a potential target, and Tottenham could go after him in the January window once he’s eligible to play.
If that’s the plan, Ange would have to rely on Richarlison to lead the frontline for the next five months, maybe using Son Heung-min for rotational purposes. There’s also still a good chance of Orban joining imminently.
Fingers crossed on that one.
Ange also has Scarlett and Veliz in the background, though there is speculation of a potential Scarlett loan exit. And Veliz isn’t Premier League ready; not yet, anyway.
Ange has already stated that Veliz won’t be getting many minutes at the start of the season, and Scarlett, if he stays, has minimal Premier League exposure .
Alternatively, Spurs could spend £30m on Orban or a heftier fee for Johnson to immediately bolster their attacking options.
Realistically, if two or three players can be offloaded for something in the ballpark of £15 to £20 million, Spurs need to acquire either Orban or Johnson in the immediacy and another top-tier forward in January (possibly Toney) or next summer.