West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone could be persuaded to join Tottenham by Harry Kane during the international break, according to Paddy Kenny.
The Lowdown: Johnstone influential for Baggies
The Baggies are mounting a strong promotion push in the Championship so far this season, despite their 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City.
Johnstone has again been a key performer for Valerien Ismael’s side, starting 10 league matches and suffering just one loss overall, proving to be a model of consistency between the sticks.
The Latest: Kenny makes worrying claim
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Spurs, however, and speaking to Football Insider, Kenny claimed Kane could talk him into a switch to north London while on England duty in the next two weeks:
“I reckon he would be a perfect replacement for Lloris.
“Sam has been unreal at West Brom. I thought he was fantastic last season for a team that got relegated.
“He can continue his form now. He is involved with the England setup as well. The Spurs players might have words with him there and try and get it done next week.
“He is from the Man United academy so he has got a brilliant pedigree. So he would be a top signing and a big loss for West Brom.
“He’s a bit older than some of the other options and he has more experience. So I think he would be a bargain.”
The Verdict: Must start until the summer
It is fully understandable why Johnstone would want to be playing for a Premier League club – he is a two-time capped England international, after all – but it is vital that he isn’t sold in January.
If West Brom fail to earn promotion, it would be hard to begrudge the Englishman a summer exit, but leaving midway through the season could be fatal.
Johnstone has shown his loyalty to the Baggies for the time being, so it would be disappointing if a few words from Kane turned his head, in terms of exiting in January.
In other news, West Brom have a big injury concern at the moment. Read more here.
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