Sam Johnstone is in the final year of his contract at West Bromwich Albion and could leave on a free transfer next year if his deal isn’t extended. The 28-year-old was linked with a move away from the Hawthorns over the summer when Arsenal and West Ham United showed interest, but no deal materialised.
Johnstone is still a part of the England team and has impressed at club level this season, albeit in the Championship, so he’s expected to draw attention from Premier League sides in January. Gabriel Agbonlahor is tipping Tottenham to bring him to North London.
He told Football Insider: “They need to make some money out of him instead of losing him on a free. He’s a quality keeper. He can be number one for Spurs for many years. I hope that he gets that move because he deserves to be playing in the Premier League.”
Tottenham may need a replacement for Hugo Lloris as his deal is up at the end of the season, so they’re one club who could genuinely make a move for Johnstone. The 28-year-old could be a bargain acquisition for a top-flight club too, as West Brom wanted £15m only months ago.
It’s hard to see Johnstone staying at the Hawthorns beyond 2021, even if West Brom returned to the Premier League, so Valerien Ismael has a decision to make whether to sell in January or lose him for nothing the following summer.