According to The Times, West Ham United are no longer in the race for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is on Tottenham’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.
Johnstone’s current contract with the Baggies runs out at the end of the season and Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett stated last week the 29-year-old decided against renewing his contract as he wishes to play in the Premier League.
West Brom boss Steve Bruce subsequently confirmed that the Baggies’ number 2 David Button will take over the gloves until the end of the season (BBC Sport), thus making Johnstone’s departure from the Hawthorns even more likely.
Spurs are expected to be on the lookout for an understudy to Hugo Lloris this summer as they will reportedly not take up the option to sign Pierluigi Gollini permanently (Goal).
Multiple publications have reported recently (The Sun and GiveMeSport) that despite interest from Manchester United, Antonio Conte’s men are increasingly confident of winning the race for the Baggies number one.
The Times have now revealed that the Hammers will not compete for Johnstone’s signature this summer as David Moyes’ side have decided to make a move for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope if they are not able to make Alphonse Areola’s loan move permanent.
Spurs Web Opinion
Based on the various reports over recent weeks, Johnstone looks nailed on to join Spurs. It would be a smart move by the North London club to snap up a PL-proven goalkeeper on a free transfer. That would allow us to allocate most of our transfer budget on priority positions like wing-back and centre-back.
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