Nottingham Forest submit €25 million bid to sign Japhet Tanganga

Nottingham Forest are reportedly prepared to offer €25 million for Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, as a deal with AC Milan gets complicated.

According to Calciomercato, Japhet Tanganga is a target for Nottingham Forest, who are prepared to make a €25 million bid for the wantaway defender. The Premier League newcomers are hoping to agree on a deal in principle with Tottenham, as a prospective move to AC Milan for the defender hit a snag.

AC Milan have been chasing Japhet Tanganga for a long time this summer, with the Rossoneri still hopeful of bringing him to San Siro. Despite a period of impasse in their chase, when the Serie A champions focused on other targets, they are back in the mix for the Tottenham defender.

Tanganga has lost his place at Spurs, particularly since the arrival of Antonio Conte. The Tottenham manager has strengthened the central defensive position and right-back slots in the summer, where Tanganga usually played for the club. He certainly does not have a future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the club will be keen to get rid of him.

As the player has a contract until 2025, Spurs were somewhat relaxed about his future situation and value. Tottenham were prepared to allow a loan move elsewhere, with tremendous interest coming from Italian club. Milan, in particular, were closing in on signing the versatile defender, with Tanganga also keen on moving to San Siro.

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However, Milan and Spurs are well apart on a loan deal. Tottenham accepted Milan’s initial proposal but wanted to include an “obligation to buy” clause worth €25 million. The Italian giants had no problem with the price tag but wanted it to be an option rather than an obligation.

As the two clubs continue to be at a distance, Nottingham Forest seem to be closing in on reaching an agreement with Spurs. The Premier League newcomers are prepared to offer €25 million for Tanganga, which the north Londoners will be open to receiving.

Forest have already made 16 signings this summer and are continuing to look at further options; Jesse Lingard has been their most high-profile signing, while Morgan Gibbs-White arrived at the newly-promoted Premier League club in a massive deal from Wolves.

Adding Tanganga would improve the defence significantly, although there will be a competition for places, which will be less strenuous than at Tottenham. Financially, Forest may have the edge over Milan in the chase for Tanganga; the player’s desire will play an essential role alongside Tottenham’s need to eliminate him from their squad. The next few days will be vital in determining the defender’s future, as he looks destined to depart from north London.

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