By Noel Whelan

2nd Nov, 2021 | 9:00pm

Tottenham tipped to sign 'great' Lloris replacement after 28-year-old transfer mission - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone would be “worth pursuing” for Tottenham if Hugo Lloris moves on.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there is “a lot of football left” in the 28-year-old.

A recruitment source told Football Insider on September 27 that Tottenham have set their sights on signing the goalkeeper with scouts regularly watching him in action.

The three-time England international has made 14 appearances for West Brom in the Championship this term, conceding 12 goals.

His contract with the West Midlands side expires next summer.

Whelan suggested Tottenham would have to pay “over the odds” for Aston Villa’s number one.

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He tipped Johnstone to follow in the footsteps of fellow Englishman Aaron Ramsdale and step up at one of the Premier League’s top sides.

“I’m sure Martinez will have a good contract at Aston Villa, he’s only just gone there,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“It is inevitable that Lloris is going to leave, but Spurs would have to pay over the odds for Martinez.

“You’ve got Sam Johnstone – a good, young, England international in the Championship.

“He is somebody who would be worth pursuing.

“We’ve seen how well Aaron Ramsdale has done at Arsenal since stepping up.

“I think there’s a lot to be said for having English goalkeepers – it gives you the opportunity to organise better.

“He’s a brilliant age, there’s a lot of football left in that kid.”

Today, Tottenham confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as manager until 2023.

He joins with the club 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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