Insider: Tottenham to pull off 'very easy' Johnstone deal next summer
Sam Johnstone would move to Tottenham even if he spent his first season as a number two.
That is according to Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are keeping close tabs on West Brom stopper Johnstone, 28, as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Lloris will be 36 on boxing day and has entered the final year of his Spurs deal.
Wenham sees Johnstone as a realistic replacement who would also ease some fan concerns over homegrown player rules.
“There is a very easy solution to all of this if it comes to it,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“As I have said before, the homegrown situation is not a problem but some people think it is.
“However, if it did become a problem there is an easy fix. That would be to send Pierluigi Gollini back to Atalanta and pick up Sam Johnstone on a free transfer.
“His contract is out in the summer and obviously he counts as homegrown.
“Would Johnstone move to Tottenham to be a number two? I think he probably would.
“He’s at an age where he would be playing in the European games and in the cups.
“He would also know Lloris will be 36 or 37 by that point and there could be an opening.
“Then he could become the number one. I imagine we could sign him on relatively low wages.
“It’s a move I would be happy to see Tottenham make and it looks a very easy deal to do.”
Johnstone has only missed one game for Albion this season.
He is also an England international and went to Euro 2020.