‘Coming into his prime’ – Journalist claims star would be ‘impressive’ signing for Spurs

With increasing speculation that Sam Johnstone could join Tottenham this summer, journalist Pete O’Rourke has suggested the signing could be the beginning of an excellent summer in N17.

Johnstone, 29, is out of contract with West Brom this summer (Transfermarkt) and Sky Sports reported recently that Southampton, Spurs, Manchester United and others were all interested in the England shot-stopper.

Tottenham are likely to be in need of another goalkeeper with Pierluigi Gollini’s loan spell coming to an end this summer, and Spurs are reportedly not looking to take up the option to sign him permanently (Goal).

Some reports have indicated that Tottenham are now confident of winning the race for the West Brom goalkeeper, who will likely be available on a free transfer (The Sun).

Football Insider reported recently that Johnstone has even informed close friends of his desire to complete a Tottenham move as he thinks he could eventually replace Lloris as the club’s number one.

O’Rourke has championed the idea of having Lloris and Johnstone at Spurs, telling GiveMeSport: “That’s what you need at the big clubs, competition for places just in case there are injuries or anything else.”

“I think Sam Johnstone is at the right age as a goalkeeper, coming into his prime, so if Spurs were to get him, I think it would be a really impressive start to the transfer window if they do get that deal over the line.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Sam Johnstone would be an excellent signing to compete with Lloris and with a potential Champions League campaign next season, having two quality keepers is absolutely necessary.

Personally, I am not sure Johnstone has the ability to be a long-term replacement for Lloris and more investment might be needed in future, but I agree with O’Rourke that it is an excellent way to get moving early in the summer transfer window – a massive window for Spurs’ short-term future.

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