Newly-appointed West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Bruce may face a battle to keep talismanic goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are set to revive their interest in former the Manchester United goalkeeper per The Daily Mail.
The north London outfit were reportedly interested in securing his services in the January transfer window, but a move for the 29-year-old never came to fruition.
According to the latest reports, Spurs will go back in for Johnstone in a bid to sign him on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract.
Tottenham have been looking to provide quality competition for first-choice ‘keeper Hugo Lloris and although they have possessed quality within their ranks with the loan-signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, they will reportedly shun a deal to make the Italian’s move permanent after he has failed to impress in his ten appearances thus far.
With Johnstone looking to win back his place in the England set-up and Spurs looking to increase the quality within their goalkeeping ranks, a move makes sense for both parties.
Despite West Brom’s disappointing 12th position in the Championship table, Sam Johnstone has been far from disappointing.
The 29-year-old Englishman who has been described as “unbelievable” by Gary Lineker has been just that this season.
Johnstone finds himself third in the Championship’s clean sheet rankings with an incredible 14 clean sheets.
The £7.2m-rated goalkeeper is clearly too good for England’s second tier, after proving his competency as a shot-stopper just the campaign prior in the Premier League.
The Englishman put in some world-class displays in the Premier League last term and more than proved his quality, with a call-up to the Three Lions squad a consequence of that.
He’s maintained a solid save percentage this season also, with 65%, though we know he can improve on that metric.
For selfish reasons, West Brom should do everything they can to keep Sam Johnstone in order to fulfil their ambition of sealing a return to the Premier League. Based on his displays, losing him would be somewhat of a disaster.