New Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo could be in line to secure his sixth signing during his short time in the dugout after the capital club were linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
According to The Sun, Spurs are one of three Premier League clubs eager to secure the signature of the highly-rated 28-year-old, with West Ham United and Southampton also credited with an interest.
Johnstone has entered the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns, which means he could leave for free next summer or for a reduced price over the winter window.
The report stated: “Both West Ham and Tottenham have pencilled in offers for Johnstone if he leaves, while West Brom have let him know there will be a lucrative deal to stay.”
It also claimed that the Saints would be willing to make an offer for the ‘keeper in the January window rather than waiting for him to become a free agent in the summer, so new Spurs director of football Fabio Paratici will need to act quickly if he is to secure his transfer target.
Johnstone rose to prominence during 2020/21 after putting in several impressive performances despite West Brom’s struggles ultimately leading to their relegation from the Premier League. Indeed, the £7.2m-rated ‘keeper was named the players’ and supporters’ Player of the Year at The Hawthorns for his heroics as the Baggies’ last line of defence last season.
Based on that, it’s hardly a surprise that Micah Richards described him as “outstanding.”
He has carried his exceptional form into the current campaign, starting ten of Albion’s 11 Championship fixtures so far this term, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just seven goals.
A recent article published by The Atheltic revealed that Johnstone has also begun to adapt his game to the modern demands of a goalkeeper under Valerien Ismael’s tutelage, completing 31 keeper-sweepings and six-headed clearances already, which is the same as his last three campaigns combined.
He is also down on saves and catches per game as he has been forced to become a more modern shot-stopper, and he appears to be coping well with the change.
With current Tottenham number one Hugo Lloris set to turn 36 in December, the north London outfit will need a fresh face between the sticks before long, and Johnstone would likely prove to be a popular choice amongst the club’s fanbase given his impressive displays for West Brom.