West Ham have been handed somewhat of a boost in the race for Sam Johnstone with Watford no longer keen to sign the West Brom goalkeeper according to the Watford Observer.
Hammers boss David Moyes needs to bolster his goalkeeping ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
And Baggies stopper Sam Johnstone is a player who has been persistently linked with a move to West Ham over the past few months (Football.London, ESPN, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard and The Athletic).
With Lukasz Fabianski now 36 and in rapid decline, Moyes will surely be keen to find a long-term replacement for the Poland international.
And Sam Johnstone would surely be Fabianski’s ideal successor.
So it was somewhat of a blow for the Hammers when Claret and Hugh claimed that it is unlikely that the 28-year-old will be moving to the London Stadium this summer.
West Ham boost in chase for Sam Johnstone
One club believed to be rivalling the Hammers for the West Brom ace was Watford.
That is no longer the case, however, according to the Watford Observer.
So having a free run at Johnstone will certainly make West Ham’s task of signing him a whole lot easier.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the West Brom stopper cuts an imposing figure. He is dominant in the air and a great shot stopper. The Baggies ace is a very impressive communicator as well.
If West Ham can sign him this summer, we will be a lot stronger next season.
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Johnstone’s £20 million price-tag (Claret and Hugh) will undoubtedly be somewhat of an issue, however.