Tottenham are showing interest in West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone – but a report has revealed just how more complicated their pursuit has become.
Johnstone is enjoying a successful season in goals for West Brom, despite the club facing relegation threat.
The 27-year-old was one of the few bright sparks and was rewarded with a very first call-back to England.
However, this in turn complicated his future at club level. According to Football insider, his value will increase if he plays in the international break.
The report mentions Tottenham as one of their main contenders as they seek a successor to Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman could leave at the end of the season.
Lloris is under contract until 2022, which means he could leave this summer. PSG is one of its potential contenders, how he could find Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital.
That would leave Spurs in need of a replacement, and a number of names have been linked. Johnstone is one of the names on the shortlist.
However, Football insider have now revealed Tottenham could have to pay a heavy price for the West Brom man.
The report claims that if he plays it will give West Brom a stronger negotiating position as they can charge him higher fees. This would even still be the case if they were relegated.
Their imminent return to the Championship would still make it likely that Johnstone will be on his way, however. Like Lloris, he is out of contract in 2022, putting his club in an awkward position.
If they have to cash in, however, West Brom may be able to at least get more money for him.
Previous reports have indicated they may be looking for around £ 7million to sell it. Now that figure is likely to have increased.
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Johnstone greeted by Southgate
Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to reward Johnstone with his international appeal.
Johnstone took his place alongside Nick Pope and Dean Henderson in the squad, making up for Jordan Pickford’s absence due to injury.
“Sam Johnstone, in a team which has had a difficult season, has maintained a very good level of performance,” said Southgate.
“He’s comfortable with ball possession and keeping the ball out of his net.”
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