Tottenham are increasingly confident they’ll fend off a Premier League rival to sign Sam Johnstone this summer, though that could spell the end for two stars, per a report.
Spurs have found their feet under Antonio Conte and have the momentum in the race for fourth spot. The timely return to form from Harry Kane has helped their forward line regain its potency. He, along with Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski are combining well to cause havoc for opposition defences.
Yet at the other end of the pitch, Spurs are quietly and capably going about their business.
Tottenham have kept three clean sheets in their last six league matches and have conceded just one goal in two others.
The one blot on their copybook was the hattrick scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, though the Portuguese icon was in irresistible form that day.
Hugo Lloris continues to captain the side from between the sticks with loanee Pierluigi Gollini rooted to the bench.
However, according to the Sun, the goalkeeping department could look very different next season.
That’s because they claim Spurs are ‘increasingly confident’ of signing free agent-to-be Sam Johnstone this summer. In doing so, they would fend off stiff competition from Southampton.
Johnstone, 29, looks destined to depart West Brom at season’s end. He was recently overlooked in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and with the Qatar World Cup looming in November, Johnstone will stand a better chance of regaining his place at a Premier League side.
Tottenham foresee big things for Sam Johnstone
Spurs are deemed to be long-term admirers of Johnstone. They are also labelled optimistic he will choose them in the summer.
If he does, it would almost certainly spell the end for Gollini who would return to parent club Atalanta.
If Football Insider’s reporting is accurate, Gollini’s exit won’t worry Antonio Conte one bit with the Italian reportedly unimpressed by the stopper’s displays thus far.
Spurs want Sam Johnstone as back-up GK
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking for a new back-up keeper for next season and top of their list is West Bromwich Albion keeper Sam Johnstone, who has enjoyed a good season at the Hawthorn’s.
The Sun goes on to claim Spurs foresee Johnstone as a potential candidate to ultimately succeed Lloris.
The Frenchman, 35, only just signed a new contract running to 2024 in January. However, there have been questions asked about some of his performances this season.
It’s stated Johnstone would initially arrive to fill the back-up role vacated by Gollini. However, the club reckon he has the potential to take Lloris’ spot down the line.