Tottenham increasingly confident they will beat Southampton in free transfer race for England stopper Sam JohnstoneApril 6, 2022
TOTTENHAM are increasingly confident of winning the race for Sam Johnstone this summer.
Johnstone, 29, is out of contract at West Brom at the end of the season.
A number of clubs have been monitoring his situation, including Southampton.
But Spurs have held a long-term interest in the England goalkeeper and there is optimism at the North London club that Johnstone will opt for them when his deal expires in July.
Tottenham view the three-cap stopper as initial back-up to captain Hugo Lloris next term but with the potential to succeed the 35-year-old in the future.
Pierluigi Gollini has deputised for Lloris on loan from Atalanta this seasonbut is expected to return to Italy in the summer.
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Saints are still keen on Johnstone but are also looking at other goalkeeper targets.
All three of their stoppers, Alex McCarthy, Fraser Forster and Willy Caballero, will be free agents come the summer as it stands.
Though, the South-Coast club are currently reviewing to which players they will award new contracts, meaning the trio's stint at St Mary's may not be over just yet.
Forster was chosen ahead of Johnstone in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad alongside Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope.
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Johnstone is almost certain to leave the Hawthorns this summer in a bid to win his place back, as West Brom look set for another season in the Championship.
The goalkeeper has 14 clean sheets in 34 league games this season, the third-highest total in the Championship.
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