Report: Spurs are set to sign English player after winning race for his signature

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Spurs are in pole position to bring West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to N17 this summer, according to the Sunday Mirror (8/5; page 74).

The 29-year-old stopper has missed out on the Baggies’ last five league games as his inevitable departure draws ever closer.

With Pierluigi Gollini playing no part in this season’s League campaign, it is expected that Spurs are looking to replace their Italian number two in the summer (Football Insider).

Manchester United were originally tipped to make a move for their former youth prospect Johnstone on a free transfer this summer (The Sun).

However, the Sunday Mirror claim Spurs are now set to sign the West Brom shot-stopper on a free as Conte looks to provide a Premier League proven backup to Hugo Lloris.

Johnstone has three clean sheets in as many appearances for England and will be looking to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s reckoning with a Premier League move this summer (TransferMarkt).

The Preston-born keeper, known for his calmness on the ball, accurate distribution, and commanding presence in the penalty area, would provide a solid backup option for Antonio Conte’s side.

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Fabio Paratici has a number of areas to address in the Spurs squad this summer if he is to appease Conte’s wishes. Bringing in a Prem-proven keeper like Johnstone on a free transfer would be a shrewd acquisition.

Johnstone represents a talented homegrown option, and due to his contract situation, he would not eat into the budget for other areas of the squad.

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