Journalist claims Spurs target more likely to depart next summer than January

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Journalist Tom Barclay has claimed that Sam Johnstone is only likely to leave West Bromwich Albion when his contract with the Baggies runs out at the end of the season.

Hugo Lloris is now into the final year of his contract at Spurs and, with the Frenchman soon turning 35, it remains to be seen whether the North London club will offer him a new deal.

Some sources have suggested that the Tottenham skipper is in line to be offered an extension while the player himself has admitted he will have talks about his future with the club soon.

However, Spurs have been linked with various goalkeepers over the past few weeks, with Ajax’s Andre Onana and Everton’s Jordan Pickford mooted as potential targets for Antonio Conte’s men.

The Daily Mail reported last week that Johnstone is another goalkeeper the Lilywhites are eyeing as Lloris’ potential successor. 

Like Lloris, Johnstone’s deal at the Hawthorns runs out at the end of the season, which raises the possibility that the Baggies may look to cash in on the goalkeeper in January.

However, Barclay believes the 28-year-old will only look to move as a free agent in the summer as that would guarantee him better terms at his new club.

Speaking about the West Brom number one, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “Why would he make the move then and forego the chance to have a higher wage? 

“And he will be on a free transfer where more teams will be interested.”

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Pierluigi Gollini has looked fairly unconvincing in the little game time that he has got so far. So, even if Lloris signs a new deal (which I am hoping he would), the club will still likely be on the lookout for a goalkeeper in the summer. 

Johnstone has proven over the course of the last two years that he is quite reliable and the fact that he would be available for free at the end of the season, would certainly tempt Tottenham. 

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