Journalist Pete O’Rourke has been left thrilled by a ‘very likely’ Antonio Conte signing at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Lowdown: Conte closing in…
The Lilywhites head coach has set his sights on a major summer overhaul, with as many as six signings on the agenda, according to national newspapers like The Telegraph.
Conte allegedly wants a right wing-back, central defender, two midfielders, a forward and reserve goalkeeper, with reason to believe that considerable progress has been made on the latter position already.
Numerous reports have backed that Spurs are favourites to sign West Bromwich Albion ‘keeper and soon-to-be free agent Sam Johnstone in a Bosman deal.
Journalist Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, a famously reliable source, has also weighed in, claiming that Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici is indeed in pole position and an ‘agreement’ is rated as ‘very likely’ (Twitter).
The Latest: O’Rourke thrilled…
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke has claimed that Johnstone would be a ‘good signing’ for Spurs and has been left thrilled by these promising developments.
He explained: “It looks like a good piece of business from Tottenham, Sam Johnstone on a free transfer. He is an England international, has got good experience and has played in the Premier League before as well.
“I think he’s a good signing to provide cover and real serious competition for Hugo Lloris, probably for the first time in a long time at Tottenham. He will keep Lloris on his toes and if he is ever out of the team, they’ve got a more than capable deputy to come in.”
The Verdict: Reason to be excited…
Paddy Kenny, formerly of QPR and Sheffield United goalkeeping stock, has branded the 29-year-old ‘unreal’ and a potentially ‘top signing’ for Spurs (Football Insider).
Johnstone’s likely arrival could also go some way in helping to balance Tottenham’s troubling homegrown quota, an issue which could deeply impact their transfer plans.
On a free transfer, this will indeed be a quite simply brilliant piece of business from Paratici if it comes to fruition.
In other news: Paratici tables crucial bid as Conte personally pushes for Spurs signing! Find out more here.
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