By Danny Mills

27th Apr, 2022 | 7:00am

Pundit issues claim on Tottenham axing Hugo Lloris as source reveals private stance

Danny Mills has insisted Sam Johnstone will not be able to replace Hugo Lloris at Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender claimed it would be “difficult” for Spurs to find an upgrade on Lloris.

Football Insider reported at the beginning of this month (3 April) that Tottenham have been scouting the 29-year-old ahead of a potential summer move when his West Brom contract expires.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider last week (20 April) the goalkeeper has told his friends he is keen on a move to north London.

“It’s a difficult one,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“You’ve got to bring in better than what you’ve got and is he better than Hugo Lloris? I doubt it, would be the answer to that.

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“Lloris isn’t perfect but I’m not convinced Johnstone is a better option.

“Do you look at it and go ‘That’s an upgrade’.

“Look at Arsenal, a lot of people saw Ramsdale saw Leno as an upgrade. He had played well for quite some time and Leno is not as good as Lloris, I would say.

“It will be that juggling act of the home-grown player rule and who do you use for that.

“First and foremost you have to improve your first XI. There’s no point bringing in players who are not going to do that.”

Johnstone kept six clean sheets in 37 Premier League games as West Brom were relegated in the 2020-21 campaign.

He has found himself out of Steve Bruce’s starting XI in recent weeks and seems to have played his last game for the Albion.

In other news, an expert has tipped Whatsapp ‘talks’ between Christian Eriksen and Tottenham pals after an update.