West Brom boss Steve Bruce has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur target Sam Johnstone has played his final game for the Baggies.
Johnstone’s four-year spell with West Brom is expected to come to an end when his contract runs out this summer (Transfermarkt), with Spurs thought to be keen on snapping up the 29-year-old as a backup to Hugo Lloris (The Daily Mail).
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has claimed that the North London club are the front-runners to snap up the England international this summer.
Multiple publications have reported over recent days (The Sun and GiveMeSport) that despite interest from Manchester United, Antonio Conte’s men are increasingly confident of winning the race for Baggies number one.
Bruce has now thanked Johnstone for the service he has given West Brom and confirmed that the goalkeeper has decided that his future lies elsewhere.
The former Newcastle United boss revealed that the current No 2 David Button will take over the gloves until the end of the season.
Bruce told BBC Sport: “With five games left, it’s only right that David Button plays. We’ve chopped and changed a little bit. That is pretty normal.
“What will make the headlines will be the goalkeeping situation. Sam’s been a great servant to this club but we have to accept that he’s decided not to sign his contract and we wish him the best of luck.
“So it’s important we give Dave the gloves and see how he does. He has bags of experience. He has been around the block and played 339 games in his career.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Even though Johnstone might not be Lloris’ long-term successor, he is as good a number two as Spurs are going to get, given that he is proven in the Premier League. Signing a goalkeeper of his quality on a free transfer would be a major coup for us.
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