Nottingham Forest 'reject' £40m Tottenham approach as Arsenal transfer confirmed

Nottingham Forest face a late battle to keep hold of one of their brightest young talents

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Nottingham Forest have turned down a blockbuster bid for one of their prize assets as they look to sustain their place in the Premier League for a second consecutive season.

Brennan Johnson was one of the team’s top performers last season with eight goals and three assists in the Premier League as Nottingham Forest survived in the top-flight and reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.

He also played a defining role in his team's promotion winning the previous campaign in the Championship and he scored 16 league goals for the 2022 play-off winners.

At just 22-years of age the Welsh international looks poised to be a star for The Reds for years to come, but he has also attracted interest from Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham as they look to refresh their frontline after the departure of Harry Kane.

Reports from Sky Sports suggest Johnson is a top target for the North London outfit, while claims from The Telegraph state that a £40m bid has been turned down for the winger.

The outlet also confirms that this interest is far from over and Nottingham Forest may face a late battle to keep hold of their attacker as Tottenham prepare to launch an improved bid of around £50m.

These claims were backed up by football journalist Fabrizio Romano who tweeted: “Negotiations between Tottenham and Nottingham Forest for Brennan Johnson are advancing! Understand deal now getting closer. No agreement in place yet but contacts ongoing to make it happen later today. Brennan’s green light to the move also there.”

Arsenal confirm loan departure as Nottingham Forest beat Aston Villa to left back deal

The City Ground continues to hit the headlines on transfer deadline day and Nottingham Forest have won the race to sign Nuno Tavares on loan.

The Portuguese defender was expected to join Steve Cooper’s side on a permanent deal earlier in the summer, but talks of a deal stalled due to “complications” according to Fabrizio Romano.

This opened the door to Aston Villa who were in the running to sign the defender, but Nottingham Forest reemerged to win the race to sign the left back to replace Renan Lodi in the starting lineup.

Tavares enjoyed a successful loan spell at Marseille last season which saw him register six goals from 31 appearances in Ligue 1.