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Report: Tottenham battling West Ham for England man this summer as competition hots up

Tottenham are battling West Ham for the free transfer signing of an England international this summer as competition hots up.

West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur are competing on the pitch in the race for the European spots.

And it seems Spurs and the Hammers will be competing off the pitch in the transfer market this summer too.

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Because according to widespread reports Tottenham are now battling with West Ham to sign West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a free transfer.

Spurs number one Hugo Lloris recently signed a new deal but there have been question marks over some of his performances.

West Ham have Lloris’s France international teammate Alphonse Areola on loan from PSG and reportedly have an £11m option to make that move permanent.

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West Ham number one Lukasz Fabianski turns 37 in two weeks and has recently signed a new one-year deal with the Hammers.

But both West Ham and Tottenham need to get succession plans in place for both the number one and number two spots.

Especially if David Moyes and Antonio Conte see their sides competing in Europe again next season.

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Report: Tottenham battling West Ham for England man this summer as competition hots up

According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham are back in the hunt for Johnstone’s signature this summer.

The report claims Tottenham are now battling West Ham for the England man as competition hots up with other Premier League clubs also said to be interested.

“The England international was lined up for a move to Antonio Conte’s side in January but Tottenham delayed pushing it through as they prioritised other areas instead,” The Daily Mail reports.

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“Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton have all discussed the 29-year-old in recent months but Tottenham are now back in the mix as they look to secure a bargain deal for the end of the season.”

In football terms Newcastle and Southampton cannot compete with West Ham and Tottenham right now.

Although Newcastle could offer Johnstone crazy money to lure him to the north east.

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West Ham fans are keen to see Areola signed permanently.

If the Hammers get that deal done then it would surely clear a path for Spurs to snap up Johnstone.

Moyes may look to get Johnstone for nothing, though, in order to free up transfer funds to spend elsewhere.

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