Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in making a move for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, as per a recent report by Football Insider.
The 28-year-old shot stopper has long been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns following the club’s relegation from the Premier League and could well be tempted to move back to the top flight with Spurs.
Johnstone stayed at the club despite interest from elsewhere over the summer and could well reconsider his options if Tottenham or another higher league side came calling for his services in then near future.
Here, we take a look at whether this move for Johnstone is likely to happen or not as Spurs keep tabs on the keeper.
What do we know so far?
It is said that Tottenham view the England international as the ideal long term successor to their long term number one keeper, Hugo Lloris, particularly with the Frenchman having now reached the age of 34.
The same publication has gone on to state that the Premier League club have sent a senior scout to watch Johnstone in action this term as they look to compile a more detailed dossier on the potential new signing.
West Brom are said to have wanted more than £15 million for the former Manchester United man during the summer, however their stance may change if a club comes calling in the January window, with Johnstone’s current contract running down towards expiry.
Spurs could however wait until the summer in order to bring the keeper in, with Johnstone being set to become a free agent next year if he cannot agree a new deal with the Baggies.
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Is a new deal likely to happen?
As mentioned earlier in the article, Johnstone’s current contract with Albion expires in the summer of 2022.
This is a fact which puts the club in a very volatile position, as they are running a very real risk of potentially losing a very valuable player for absolutely nothing.
Valerien Ismael previously admitted that he expected the player to leave during the summer, however since then the club have confirmed that they are in talks with the 28-year-old over a new contract at the Hawthorns.
However it has also been stressed previously that any new deal that Johnstone puts pen to paper to would include a release clause in order to safeguard his aim to move to a bigger club further down the line.