Tottenham Hotspur have secured a major summer signing with the acquisition of forward Brennan Johnson, who joins the club on a substantial six-year deal from Nottingham Forest for a fee exceeding £45 million. The 22-year-old Welsh international, who hails from the Forest academy, becomes Spurs’ ninth signing of the summer and commits to the club until 2029.
Johnson’s impressive track record includes 29 goals and 12 assists in 108 senior appearances. He has also earned his stripes on the international stage, amassing 20 caps for Wales and being part of their World Cup squad in 2022. This signing is seen as a significant step towards filling the void left by Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich last month, ending his tenure as Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer.
Steve Cooper, Forest’s head coach, commented on Johnson’s departure, saying, “While we’re obviously going to miss Brennan and the memories he’s given so many of us when he’s lit up the City Ground on the right wing, we’re extremely proud of him and we’re pleased that he’s got this move as he enters the next stage in his career. Everyone knows how great he is on the pitch, but what many people don’t see is the kind, humble, and genuine young man he is off it.”
Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou expressed his excitement about Johnson’s arrival during a press conference following the team’s 5-2 victory over Burnley. He stated, “Just another exciting young player. He’s a real threat in the front third and he’s a bit different to what we’ve already got. He’s young, ambitious. It’s no secret that that’s been the model for me, not just here but wherever I’ve gone. It’s just as much about the person you’re bringing in as the footballer.”
Postecoglou continued, “Looking at him, he’s going to fit in really well with this group because he’s really ambitious and hungry and he wants to take his game to another level. The technical and the physical attributes he has I think he should fit in really well with us.”
In addition to securing Johnson, Tottenham has expressed interest in Chelsea and England midfielder Conor Gallagher and Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly. However, further transfers may hinge on players leaving the club, according to reports.
Tottenham’s proactive approach in the transfer market reflects their ambition to bolster the squad and compete at the highest level in the Premier League. The team, under Postecoglou’s guidance, has already amassed seven points from their opening three games and is gearing up for their upcoming clash against Burnley.
Furthermore, Tottenham’s defender Japhet Tanganga has departed for the Bundesliga, joining German club Augsburg on loan, with a reported option to buy for £5.1 million (6 million euros), contingent on Tanganga’s performance and Augsburg’s league status.
Brennan Johnson won’t be alone in making his mark at Tottenham either, as another Welsh star, Ben Davies, will be there to help him fit right in. Davies, a seasoned international and a familiar face in the squad,