View: Hugo Lloris edging towards Spurs exit, opens door for Johnstone arrival
Hugo Lloris is edging towards the Tottenham exit door which may open the door for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to make a move to north London.
Both goalkeepers will see their current contracts expire in the summer, meaning they are open to talk to other clubs from 1 January about a potential move away on a free transfer.
According to the Foot Mercato, Spurs skipper Lloris has held talks with former club OGC Nice about a potential return to the club 14 years after leaving and ‘is interested’ in a move.
With a goalkeeper spot opening, that could open the door for England international and current Baggies star Johnstone to make the step up to regular Premier League football.
Spurs have been linked with a move for Johnstone already ahead of the upcoming January transfer window [Daily Mail], and it’s been reported by TeamTalk that there is ‘no chance‘ Johnstone will be staying at The Hawthorns.
A move to north London in January would seemingly suit all parties, but especially West Brom in terms of finances.
Johnstone has been the best goalkeeper in the Championship this season, despite his costly error against Derby, but ultimately if West Brom can get some cash for him rather than lose him for nothing then it’s a good deal.
Lloris has previously been described as ‘world-class‘ by Spurs insider John Wenham [Football Insider] so signing Johnstone as a replacement is probably not what fans will want, but Antonio Conte has earned their trust already.
If West Brom can push for the deal to be done and replace him adequately, it will be seen as a success for all parties.
There is the possibility that losing Johnstone derails their promotion push, but defensively they have been solid throughout the season and they should trust the manager’s defensive setup will be enough to navigate through the second half of the season.
The door for a move is opening more and more as January approaches and West Brom have a decision to make.
In other West Brom news, ‘brilliant’ star very unlikely to stay at Hawthorns.