Tottenham Hotspur are now in pole position to land West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, as per The Mirror.
According to their report, Manchester United, who had been linked with a move for Johnstone, will now not press ahead with their interest for the 29-year-old shot stopper, meaning Spurs now look likely to win the race t0 secure Johnstone’s signature this summer.
The Mirror reports hints that Johnstone would be an “A-list back-up for Hugo Lloris” but at the same time, later suggests that those at the club feel he would prove genuine competition to current first choice keeper Hugo Lloris, who is 36 later this year.
Sam Johnstone’s time at West Brom will very likely come to an end this summer when his current deal there expires.
This frees him up to join whichever team he decides on a free transfer come the end of June.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper has made 36 Championship appearances for the Baggies this campaign, conceding 33 goals and keeping fifteen clean sheets.
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In total, since joining the Baggies in 2018, Johnstone has appeared 167 times for the club, including their promotion winning campaign in 2019/20.
Given that they currently have David De Gea, Dean Henderson, and Tom Heaton on the books, it perhaps isn’t surprising that Manchester United are not pressing ahead with their interest for Sam Johnstone.
It is somewhat surprising that Spurs are reportedly now the leading candidate for the 29-year-old though.
He is more than good enough for a number one role in the Premier League, and at Tottenham Hotspur, it is more than likely he will be a back up to Huge Lloris.
If Johnstone has England and World Cup ambitions, he must surely go to a club where he is likely to be given a starting role in-between the sticks.