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Opinion: West Ham should beat Newcastle to £10m Sam Johnstone signing
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Opinion: West Ham should beat Newcastle to £10m Sam Johnstone signing

West Ham and Newcastle are both believed to be chasing the signing of West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in January.

Sky Sports reported earlier this month that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring the 28-year-old stopper to the London Stadium. Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is chasing Johnstone’s signature as well, however, according to a report from Calcio Mercato.

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West Ham undoubtedly should be looking at the addition of a new goalkeeper.

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Darren Randolph faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium and will most probably be moved on either in January or the summer. Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski will be 37 in April and is set to be out of contract in the summer.

At the same time, Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe will want to stamp down his mark on the Magpies squad.

West Ham better placed than Newcastle to sign Sam Johnstone

The Hammers are currently flying high in fourth spot in the Premier League table. David Moyes has worked absolute wonders since taking over at the London Stadium.

Whilst West Ham have been flourishing, Newcastle have been struggling.

The Toon are currently sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table, six points adrift of safety.

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Unless things turn around very quickly at St James’ Park, surely Sam Johnstone won’t want to leave West Brom in the Championship for a Premier League club who are destined for relegation down to England’s second tier?

West Ham will undoubtedly make the loan move of Alphonse Areola a permanent one in the summer.

The thing is, with Fabianski and Randolph likely to depart over the next six months or so, Moyes needs to sign another top-class goalkeeper to compete with the Frenchman.

Johnstone would be a very smart addition for the Hammers. He is apparently available for around £10 million or even less in January (Daily Mail).

If we don’t sign him in January, he could be available for absolutely nothing in the summer.

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And we believe that West Ham are far better placed than Newcastle to sign the 28-year-old stopper.

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