According to the Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa.
Johnstone returned to Villa Park last summer following a successful six-month loan stint with the Championship side. The 25-year-old has been phenomenal between the sticks, which has been a key in Aston Villa’s promotion push this season.
The Sun reports that Tottenham are looking for a back-up to Hugo Lloris should Michel Vorm leave the club next season in search of regular football.
Vorm has been Lloris’ understudy at Tottenham since joining from Swansea City four years ago. The veteran Dutchman is also out of contract at the end of the season and should he decide to leave, Johnstone has been earmarked as his replacement, adds the report.
Johnstone has never made a first-team appearance for Manchester United but he has certainly caught the eyes while playing on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship.
While Johnstone understandably failed to oust David De Gea as United’s No.1, he has gathered solid experience while playing for a series of Championship clubs in the last few years. This is his seventh crack at a loan move and he has done exceedingly well at Villa Park.
The Preston-born shot-stopper has been consistent, commanding and dependable in Villa colours, which has helped him in establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship.
The 25-year-old will be out of contract at United this summer and will be a handy addition to our ranks, particularly with our first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris enduring an underwhelming season.