West Brom tipped to snub Tottenham bid for Johnstone after inside source reveal
Noel Whelan has tipped West Brom to snub any offers for Sam Johnstone in January as Tottenham plot a move.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the Baggies would be better off letting him leaving on a free in the summer instead of cashing in.
As revealed by Football Insider (29th September), a senior Spurs scout watched the 28-year-old in person against Preston North End ahead of a potential transfer move.
A Tottenham source has updated to reveal the club consider the West Brom keeper as a leading target to potentially replace Hugo Lloris.
The Baggies number one is out of contract next summer.
As such, West Brom risk losing Johnstone on a free if he is not sold in January.
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However, Whelan suggested the Midlands outfit could put their promotion hopes on the line by letting such an important player leave in January.
“You’ve got to look at West Brom’s predicament,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“They’re sitting at the top, they’re looking to get promoted back to the Premier League. He’s a big part of that.
“Can you afford to lose a player like that or sell a player like that in January when you’re so close to maybe getting back to the Premier League? I’m not so sure.
“They might be better off keeping him until the end of the season. Making sure you’ve got a quality international goalkeeper in between your sticks.
“It could be that the fine line of you’re getting promoted or not. It’s a double-edged sword, risk and reward.
“You’ve got to take that chance to keep as many international players in that team as possible.”