Tottenham remain the favourites to sign Sam Johnstone from West Brom this summer, but face competition from two other Premier League clubs.
Johnstone has been one of the standout performers in a struggling West Brom side this season. The goalkeeper recently earned an England call-up as a result of his form, but did not make his international debut. Even so, he remains on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs.
Ready to pounce if West Brom are relegated as expected, Tottenham are among those eyeing up the former Manchester United youth keeper.
Hugo Lloris will only have 12 months left on his contract by the end of the season. The captain has been linked with a return to France, where he could reunite with Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.
In the event that Lloris leaves, Spurs will need to find a replacement. It appears their main candidate is 28-year-old Johnstone.
Now with a full season of Premier League experience under his belt, he has shown his potential to join a bigger club. Tottenham’s interest has been known for some time but it seems they have narrowed down their shortlist and will pursue Johnstone.
According to ESPN, Spurs are the favourites to sign Johnstone in the summer. They view him as a bargain replacement for Lloris, who has struggled for consistency this season.
Johnstone is out of contract in 2022, so West Brom must cash in now. Their need to raise funds in the event of relegation would make him a likely candidate to make way.
Therefore, Tottenham shouldn’t have too many problems getting their man. However, they need to be wary of the threat posed by other suitors.
For example, Leeds have been linked with the Baggies shot-stopper for several months. ESPN remind that they are in the pursuit and present West Ham as another contender.
Lukasz Fabianski has committed his future to the London Stadium for next season. However, in his mid-thirties, the Hammers will need a longer-term solution at some point.
Johnstone will be available for around £10m, with Man Utd owed a portion of the profits.
List of suitors for Lloris grows
Meanwhile, Lloris continues to be linked with a number of clubs ahead of his potential summer exit.
Manchester United have been suggested as a surprise suitor, amid doubts over the futures of David De Gea and Dean Henderson.
But reports recently revealed that Nice were also in the running to take the 2018 World Cup winner back to Ligue 1. It would mark a return to the club where he began his career.
There will be no shortage of interest in Lloris if he is allowed to leave. But it seems Spurs have firm plans in place for his replacement.