Report: West Ham have made progress in deal for English star – Spurs still interested

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The Sun claim that West Ham United have made a lot of progress in a deal to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is also thought to be on Tottenham’s radar.

Johnstone’s contract at the Hawthorns runs out at the end of the campaign (Transfermarkt) and it was previously reported that the North Londoners had identified the England man as a potential long-term successor to Hugo Lloris (Daily Mail).

Lloris has since penned a new contract with Spurs but Antonio Conte’s men could be in the market for a number two in the summer, with the club not expected to take up the option to sign Pierluigi Gollini permanently (Goal). 

The Sun have now revealed that Tottenham remain keen on signing Johnstone on a free transfer in the summer.

However, the report claims that West Ham are currently leading the race to sign the 28-year-old, with insiders believing a deal or the goalkeeper is ‘a long way down the line’.

It is asserted that Manchester United are also eyeing Johnstone as the man to replace Dean Henderson in the summer as their number two.

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I do not think Johnstone would be open to the idea of coming to Spurs and serving as Lloris’ understudy, even if it is just for a year or two. The 28-year-old will want to join a club where he would be the guaranteed number one, and that would likely be the case for him at the London Stadium.

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