West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Kevin Phillips has backed Sam Johnstone to handle the pressure if he makes a move to Tottenham this summer. 

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the West Brom goalkeeper has what it takes to replace Hugo Lloris.

ESPN are reporting that Spurs are leading the race to sign Johnstone as he is viewed as an inexpensive replacement for Lloris.

In February, a Tottenham source told Football Insider that the club are planning for the possible departure of Lloris as he will enter the last 12 months of his contract in the summer.

Phillips likes what he’s seen from Johnstone this season and foresees no issues if Spurs bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

“Only time will tell, from what I’ve seen this season, from the pressure he’s been put under, he’s come up smelling roses,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“He’s produced in a side that has conceded an awful lot of shots and often had to defend with their lives. 

“He’s showed that he can handle pressure, of course when you go to a big club like Tottenham the expectation is bigger. 

“Just from looking at him, his demeanour, his attitude, he looks like he could handle it and the move to a big club wouldn’t phase him. 

“If it was to happen, I don’t think there would be any big issues there.”

BBC Sport’s Gary Lineker described Johnstone as ‘sensational’ after he made a late save during West Brom’s clash with Manchester United in February.

Johnstone has been one of West Brom’s stand out performers this season as it looks like he may be handed a Premier League lifeline with Albion staring relegation in the face.

In other news, Harry Kane has told friends his verdict on quitting Tottenham this summer.