Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that he expects West Brom to sell Sam Johnstone in January to avoid losing him for free, naming Spurs as a potential destination.
Reports recently emerged claiming that Spurs have taken a keen interest in the Baggies shot-stopper, whose contract expires at the end of the season, and could make a move to sign him in the winter transfer window.
It was also reported that Spurs sent scouts to watch Johnstone in action for West Brom in their 1-1 draw against Preston North End last month.
The Midlands side reportedly turned down a £6 million bid from West Ham United in the summer.
The keeper’s contract situation has put West Brom under slight pressure according to former Premier League striker Agbonlahor, who believes the club could cash in on him during the winter.
He also suggested that Johnstone could be the club’s number one option between the sticks should an agreement not be reached with Hugo Lloris, whose contract also runs out at the end of the campaign.
Asked whether West Brom will sell Johnstone in January, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I think so. They need to make some money out of him instead of losing him on a free.
“He’s a quality keeper. He can be number one for Spurs for many years.
“I hope that he gets that move because he deserves to be playing in the Premier League.”
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Johnstone had a good campaign for West Brom in the Premier League last season, despite the club’s relegation to the Championship. Many Spurs fans would probably side with looking to keep Lloris for a bit, though, as he has shown little sign of slowing down despite his age. There is also the option of Pierluigi Gollini, who is still settling in at Spurs.
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