Hutton: Tottenham must replace Lloris with my 'phenomenal' ex-teammate amid big developments
Alan Hutton has urged Tottenham to raid West Brom for Sam Johnstone as a replacement for Hugo Lloris.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he would “love” to see his old Aston Villa teammate given a shot at a big club like Spurs.
As revealed last week, Tottenham are among the clubs in the hunt for Johnstone ahead of a possible exit for Lloris this summer.
It is understood former manager Mauricio Pochettino has targeted the 34-year-old at PSG.
Meanwhile, Johnstone has been a star performer for West Brom in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.
Football Insider columnist and ex-England number one Paul Robinson hailed the newly-selected Three Lions squad member as “phenomenal” this season.
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However, he will have just 12 months left on his contract at the Hawthorns this summer.
Hutton admitted it may be time for Lloris to leave Spurs and touted Johnstone as an ideal replacement.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Lloris has been a great servant. He’s the captain but has come under a little bit of pressure in the last season,. There have been a few mistakes. Maybe it’s got to that time to move on.
“Maybe it’s got to that stage where a new opportunity would really help him. The fact Tottenham are looking at young, English goalkeepers that have played in the league, know what it’s all about, it’s a great option.
“I really like Sam Johnstone, you know I’ve played alongside him, he’s a fantastic keeper.
“I’d love to see him do well at a big team. He went to Villa and then West Brom and has really grown into the position.
“I think, stepping up to England, he’s ready for that big move again. I’d love to see someone like Sam Johnstone get the nod.”