MANCHESTER UNITED and Tottenham are reportedly set for a summer transfer battle for West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone who will be available on a free transfer.
Man United and Tottenham are set to do battle in the summer for West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone who will available on free transferCredit: Getty
West Ham and Southampton were also in the running for the 29-year-old but have now dropped out, it’s claimed.
Johnstone’s contract with the Baggies is up at the end of the season, and he has no intention of signing a new one, the report states.
It’s also claimed that West Brom boss Steve Bruce is resigned to Johnstone’s exit when the current campaign concludes.
The three-cap England stopper is eager to ply his trade in the Prem which is something the Baggies won’t be able to provide as they languish in 12th place in the Championship.
Johnstone’s desire to rub shoulders with the Prem’s big boys has opened the door for Spurs or United to swoop.
Spurs view Johnstone as the ideal back-up for – and eventual successor to – 35-year-old veteran Hugo Lloris when he decides to move on.
While United want their old keeper – who left the club in 2018 – back to play second fiddle to David De Gea, allowing them to oust Dean Henderson.
Johnstone’s been in incredible form for the Baggies this season, managing to keep 15 clean sheets in 36 league appearances.
Johnstone’s final decision may boil down to which side can offer him Champions League football next season.
Spurs and United are locked in a tantalising four-horse race for the final spot in the next edition of the competition.
The North Londoner’s emphatic 4-0 win over Aston Villa put them in pole position to clinch the fourth spot.
Conversely, United’s 1-0 loss to Everton saw their hopes of finishing in the top four slip perilously away.
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