Brentford have submitted a club-record £40million bid as they look to hijack Tottenham’s move for Brennan Johnson, talkSPORT understands.
Spurs begun talks with Nottingham Forest as they look to sign a forward before the summer transfer window deadline on Friday night.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are keen to add depth in their attacking department following Harry Kane’s move to Bayern Munich and Johnson is a player the former Celtic boss is keen on.
But Brentford, who are understood to have placed a £40m offer for Johnson last summer, have joined the race by submitting another £40m bid. Negotiations are continuing.
The 22-year-old helped Nottingham Forest to retain their Premier League status at the end of last season.
He netted eight goals and provided three assists as the Tricky Threes ended the campaign in 16th spot.
Johnson has started in all three of Forest’s matches so far this season, but is yet to find the back of the net.
The Wales international was a target for Chelsea, but their interest has since cooled, paving the way for Spurs and Brentford to seal a swoop.
Tottenham have already made eight additions this summer for a total cost of £167.8m.
Defender Micky van de Ven, who joined the club from Wolfsburg, is the most expensive recruit so far at £43m.
Spurs are also understood to be interested in a move for Fulham ace Tosin Adarabioyo, who is also a target for Monaco.
But it’s believed they will be concentrating on outgoings before they can get a deal for Johnson over the line.
Meanwhile, Brentford have made eight signings this summer including forward Kevin Schade on a permanent deal.
They’re without star forward Ivan Toney until January and an acquisition of Johnson would beef up their attack nicely.
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