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Alan Hutton has suggested Tottenham face a repeat of the Jack Grealish transfer saga with West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa defender admitted the shot-stopper’s value will have skyrocketed after being called up to the England squad.

As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are keen on signing the 27-year-old as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris this summer.

However, a recruitment source revealed to Football Insider how Johnstone’s price tag could rise by millions if he makes his international debut.

Tottenham have been guilty of not stumping up the cash for players in the past, perhaps most notably for Grealish.

As detailed by the Daily Mail, Spurs were on the verge of striking a £25million deal in 2018.

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However, the Villans owners played hardball and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refused to meet Villa’s increased demands.

Hutton admitted it was “unbelievable” the impact form or international recognition could have on price tags.

As such, he suggested Spurs could face another Grealish situation with Johnstone.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You see all these players and clubs that they’ve got reaching that level of England international.

“As soon as you get there and you’re young enough, your value just rockets. It’s literally unbelievable.

“West Brom, if they do decide to cash in on him, he’s had a fantastic season. It’ll be a big price tag. That’s the thing for clubs like Tottenham, are they going to be willing to pay it?

“They didn’t want to pay £20million for Jack Grealish a couple seasons ago, look what happened there.”

Johnstone will have just 12 months left on his contract this summer.

He has played 28 times this term and has made more saves (123) than another other keeper in the top-five European leagues (Wyscout).

In other news, Maguire hails Levy’s brilliance after £181m Tottenham reveal.