By Joe Ellis

23rd May, 2022 | 3:40pm

West Brom exit options narrow for Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone may have two fewer options for his next club after West Brom with both Southampton and Tottenham “unlikely” to sign him.

According to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay, Spurs are set to sign the Saints’ own shot-stopper Fraser Forster to provide backup for Hugo Lloris with Pierluigi Gollini expected to return to Atalanta when his loan expires in June.

Tottenham had been in the race to sign 29-year-old Johnstone but this transfer would effectively rule them out which is why the Southampton news is particularly worrying for the England international.

“Tottenham are looking to wrap up a free transfer for Fraser Forster, which leaves a question mark around Sam Johnstone’s future,” Barclay said via his personal Twitter account.

“Southampton were interested in the West Brom keeper, who is out of contract next month, but I’m told that move is unlikely.”

In a pickle

So that’s immediately two potential destinations for next season barriered off for Johnstone and his alternative options have thinned as a result.

There are still clubs who’d like to sign him with West Ham, Newcastle, Leicester and Brighton all keeping tabs on the situation [The Sun] with his contract expiring next month, after which he will be free to join whichever club he likes.

But things might not be that simple for Johnstone because all of the aforementioned teams have certain number ones and it would be a challenge to come in and take that jersey away from them unless further sales occur.

Leicester appear to be wanting a future replacement for Kasper Schmeichel as the Denmark and Foxes captain nears the end of his professional career but Johnstone wants to make a claim for the 2022 World Cup and you can’t see Schmeichel leaving before then.

It’s a similar situation at West Ham with Lukasz Fabianski and Brighton may well cash in on Robert Sanchez but only if someone pays an extortionate amount for him.

Newcastle could make him a part of their multi-billion-pound revolution but Eddie Howe already has Martin Dubravka and his sights will surely be set higher than a Championship goalkeeper.

In other West Brom news, a journalist has said that there is no truth in the rumours surrounding Matt Phillip’s future at The Hawthorns.

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