Sam Johnstone is reportedly ready to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer as the long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.
According to a report from Football Insider, Sam Johnstone has his heart set on a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the new season. The West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper is fascinated with the project in north London and wants to become a part of the club’s potential success under Antonio Conte in the years to come.
Johnstone has already informed his friends of his desire to join Tottenham in the summer. It could serve as a massive boost for a club desperate to find a shot-stopper in light of Pierluigi Gollini and Hugo Lloris’s uncertain futures at the club.
Although Tottenham have been able to convince Lloris to remain in north London for another couple of years, there is a dearth of a proper long-term replacement for the Frenchman, whose powers are waning at the age of 35.
Gollini was brought in on loan from Atalanta last summer, but the Italian international has not been able to make an impression in his debut season at Spurs. Tottenham are unlikely to exercise the option to sign him on a permanent deal, with the goalkeeper set to return to Bergamo at the end of the season.
Gollini’s exit could create a vacuum in the goalkeeping department for Tottenham, paving the way for someone like Sam Johnstone to fill in. The Englishman has been a consistent performer for West Brom over the past few years and has showcased his quality at the highest level of football.
Many even consider the former Manchester United academy ace as one of the best goalkeepers in England. And with the 2022 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Johnstone will be keen on securing a move to the Premier League this summer, as he aims to get selected in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man shortlist.
A move to Tottenham, in that regard, could be an ideal move, although the West Brom star may initially have to be content with a backup role to Lloris. But that is unlikely to deter the 29-year-old, who backs his qualities and feels he is capable enough to compete with the experienced Frenchman at Spurs next season.