Tottenham and other suitors of West Brom star Sam Johnstone have been hit by a blow as his transfer fee prepares to rocket by a few million pounds, Football Insider understands.
The 27-year-old is widely expected to leave the Hawthorns if, as seems inevitable, they are relegated from the Premier League this summer.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Johnstone’s England call-up is certain to increase his transfer fee if it results in his first international cap.
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Johnstone has been named in the England squad for the first time, joining Nick Pope and Dean Henderson in the absence of injured number one Jordan Pickford.
International caps are key metrics in transfer values and West Brom know they can command a higher fee for their keeper if that is the case.
Spurs are keeping tabs on Johnstone as they prepare to sign a new goalkeeper in the next window.
The pair are believed to be in “regular contact” ahead of what would be a blockbuster swoop.
Johnstone has arguably been Albion’s standout performers this season and no goalkeeper in Europe’s top five league has made more saves than him (123). (Wyscout)
He will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer and ex-Spurs keeper Paul Robinson believes clubs will already be considering a moves for him.
“Obviously, Connor Gallagher will go back to Chelsea, Pereira will get snapped up and Sam Johnstone will get picked up by someone. If they go down they will lose some of, if not all of their top players,” he told Football Insider.
“He has had a fantastic season and pulled off some phenomenal saves. I genuinely think he will stay in the Premier League if West Brom go down.”