Manchester United get Sam Johnstone transfer boost as Tottenham Hotspur target Fraser Forster
According to The Athletic (h/t Football.London), Manchester United received a boost in their pursuit of Sam Johnstone as Tottenham Hotspur have identified Fraser Forster as a potential transfer target. The North London side have been linked with Johnstone, and this development could give the Manchester club a free run at him this summer.
Tottenham have identified Forster as their top target as they look to provide a backup option to Huge Lloris for the next term. He will be available for free at the end of the current campaign since Southampton have decided to run down his contract. They are looking to finalise a move next week when the season will reach its end.
Man United would be delighted to see this update as they are planning to facilitate a reunion with Johnstone. Spurs have been in the mix to sign him, but it seems that they have turned their attention to Forster. The West Bromwich Albion keeper will also be available on a free transfer this summer, but whether he is willing to return to Old Trafford or not remains to be seen.
Man Utd to replace Henderson with Johnstone?
Dean Henderson had pushed to leave the Red Devils in the January transfer window after struggling to earn minutes due to David de Gea’s rise in form. However, the club blocked him from departing, which has resulted in serious doubts regarding his future beyond this summer.
Now, Henderson has been linked with a departure with Newcastle United showing an interest in him. In such a case, it would not be wise to keep hold of him any longer as he could disrupt the squad harmony, especially when we are looking to turn a new leaf under Erik ten Hag.
As such, we need to look at solid replacements, and Johnstone is a good shout indeed. Being a former star, he could finally have a chance to get a more prominent role with us after failing to breakthrough in the past. Who knows, maybe he could even get into the starting spot piping De Gea in the process.
After all, De Gea is not known for his on the ball distribution, and if Ten Hag’s time at Ajax is anything to go by, then the fans would probably know by this point that he likes his shot-stoppers to be good with their feet. The Spanish goalkeeper is anything but that, paving the way for Johnstone to make a case for ourselves.
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However, we would need to sign Johnstone first, which seems to be a much easier task as Antonio Conte’s side is focusing their attention on Forster. It would be wise on our part that the management uses this time to finalise a move for the Championship goalkeeper. That would take care of a scenario where Spurs backtrack on their current stance and decide to target Johnstone once again in the future.