Manchester United and Tottenham in race to sign Championship goalkeeper on Bosman

Sam Johnstone is out of contract in the summer and has been repeatedly linked with a return to Manchester United.

Last month, The Sun first reported that United could make a move for their former academy graduate, if they were to dip into the market for a new back-up goalkeeper. It was suggested at the time that Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton were also looking at the prospect of signing Johnstone.

Sky Sports now claim United and Tottenham will battle it out for the signature of Johnstone in the summer, with his contract set to expire at West Brom. Southampton’s interest is again noted, but it seems like West Ham have dropped out of the race.

The report claims that Johnstone, who has earned three senior caps for England throughout his career, has refused a new deal at the Hawthorns because he wants to return to the Premier League.

The Baggies are currently positioned 12th in the Championship, so they won’t be returning to the top-flight next season.

Dean Henderson looks set to leave United at the end of the season, so we can expect at least one keeper to join the club this summer.

And, if Erik ten Hag is appointed manager, it wouldn’t surprise me if he wanted a new first choice goalkeeper too.

I can’t see the Dutchman sticking with a keeper who has flaws with distribution.

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