Journalist Dean Jones has claimed Tottenham Hotspur were close to landing Sam Johnstone, but the deal fell apart as the north London club could not give the West Brom goalkeeper any assurances over play time.
As Pierluigi Gollini’s loan spell at Tottenham drew to a close, it was reported a few weeks ago that Spurs were confident of landing Johnstone, whose contract with West Brom expires this summer (The sun).
However, it now looks like Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster will join Hugo Lloris as a back-up, with fabrice romano suggesting it’s only a matter of time before Spurs announce the 34-year-old’s capture.
90 minutes claimed earlier this week that Spurs had shifted their focus from Johnstone to Forster after the Baggies star expressed his intention to go elsewhere.
However, Jones explained that it was due to Tottenham’s reluctance to secure the 29-year-old’s playing time that the move fell apart.
The reporter told GiveMeSport: “Basically what happened was that Sam Johnstone was way off in terms of membership, and from what I understand he had some hopes of a playing time guarantee, and Tottenham couldn’t give him that.
“And he basically had reservations, and now that Forster has come on their radar as a new option, it looks like they’re going to go ahead with that one instead of Sam Johnstone.”
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Lloris obviously needs to start every Premier League and Champions League game if he is fit. Thus, the only assurances Spurs could have given Johnstone were for appearances in the early stages of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
The England international might have thought he was more likely to get regular playing time at a club like West Ham or Crystal Palace than at Tottenham.
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