Alasdair Gold has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur look likely to win the race for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer.
Johnstone’s current deal at West Brom runs out this summer and Steve Bruce has confirmed the goalkeeper will not be extending his stay at the Hawthorns (BBC Sport).
Spurs allegedly want to sign the England international as Hugo Lloris’ backup, with The Sun reporting earlier this month that Spurs are ‘increasingly confident’ of winning the race for the goalkeeper despite him attracting interest from several Premier League clubs.
Football Insider claimed last week that Johnstone has told his friends he is keen on a switch to Tottenham and believes he could eventually succeed Lloris as the club’s number one.
Gold has now revealed that Spurs are not likely to take up the option to make Pierluigi Gollini’s loan move permanent and backed the club to replace the Italian with Johnstone.
The journalist said on his YouTube channel (starting at 43:02): “We know Gollini is probably going to go back to Atalanta. I can’t see Spurs spending the £11m or so on him, and it looks likely that perhaps Sam Johnstone is going to come in and he’ll replace [Gollini] as a homegrown player.”
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The fact that Johnstone is homegrown, available for free and has Premier League experience, makes this move a no-brainer from a Spurs perspective. Getting the 29-year-old would allow the North Londoners to use their transfer budget to address much more pressing issues.
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