West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for West Bromwich Albion and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

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West Ham have secured group stage Europa League football for the first time off the back of finishing sixth with their record Premier League points total.

That means David Moyes must beef up his Hammers squad in key areas this summer.

And one of his priority positions is goalkeeper.

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Lukasz Fabianski has been a fantastic servant for West Ham and recently signed a new one-year deal.

But he has suffered injury issues and turns 37 next season. West Ham look set to put a succession plan in place this summer to bring in someone who can be the club’s number one for several years.

There are doubts over Darren Randolph as a top level ‘keeper – and he also turns 35 next term.

And David Martin looks set to be released when his West Ham contract expires next month.

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Reports claims David Moyes wants £10m-rated West Brom star Johnstone at West Ham

West Ham are being linked with a £10m move for West Brom star Johnstone, who has been called up to the provisional England squad for this summer’s Euros (Express & Star).

Indeed West Ham are leading the chase to sign the 28-year-old stopper according to talkSPORT ‘transfer guru’ Alex Crook.

Well now Johnstone has addressed the speculation over a move to West Ham for the first time in an interview with the i.

“I’m still a West Brom player and I’m just looking forward to going away with England, working hard and being proud of the moment,” Preston-born Johnstone told the i when asked about a potential move to West Ham.

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“I know there has been a lot of talk about my future but it’s in West Brom’s hands rather than mine so I’ll just put it to the back of my head.

“You never know what can happen in football because it’s a crazy world where things can change quickly. I’ve still got a year left on my contract at West Brom so, as things stands, I’ll be going back there for pre-season.”

Ideally West Ham will want to try and get the signing of Johnstone wrapped up before the Euros.

Not only will it be beneficial when it comes to getting a full pre-season with the Hammers.

But Moyes will also know where he stands in terms of his remaining budget. He can then plot bids to sign a striker, Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal and a central midfielder.

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