Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly close to taking over at Paris Saint-Germain and he has been linked with numerous Tottenham players – and The Sun claim Spurs are preparing for the loss of captain Hugo Lloris.
Lloris, 34, joined Spurs from Lyon more than eight years ago and has since clocked up a whopping 344 appearances in all competitions for the North London club. That would have been more, had he not dislocated his elbow last term.
The Sun’s report claims Pochettino will look to lure the France captain back to his home country and to PSG as Keylor Navas’ replacement. Tottenham are preparing for such an eventuality, by targeting two English goalkeepers.
Spurs have been previously linked with Manchester United’s Dean Henderson who continues to play back-up to David De Gea – but the other name mentioned is West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.
Johnstone, 27, joined West Brom from Mourinho’s Manchester United in the summer of 2018 for £6.5million (E&S). He has gone on to keep 26 clean sheets in 110 outings, impressing in a struggling Baggies side this season.
TBR’s view – Is Johnstone good enough for Tottenham?
There is no doubting that the Englishman’s form for West Brom has been a rare shining light for the Midlands club in what has been a poor start in their bid for Premier League survival. Last time out, they lost 5-0 to Leeds.
Johnstone is good with his feet, commanding and clearly more than happy to talk to his defenders. But his best asset is probably his shot-stopping. What is a worry for Spurs will be his lack of clean sheets.
Just 26 in 110 games – 94 of which came in the Championship – is not good enough. He has conceded 144 goals in that time and while that could be down to style and the Baggies defence, Johnstone must take some blame.
A good goalkeeper and with plenty of years left ahead of him, but Johnstone is not Tottenham quality – yet.