West Ham are now in the front seat to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone ahead of Tottenham according to The Sun (print edition December 12th, page 64).
The Sun reckon that Hammers boss David Moyes is battling it out with Tottenham manager Antonio Conte for Johnstone’s signature.
West Brom would prefer to sell the 28-year-old stopper in January rather than lose him for nothing in the summer on a free transfer.
The England international goalkeeper wants to run down his contract at the Hawthorns, however, so that he can have his choice of clubs in the summer.
West Ham are currently fairly well-covered in the goalkeeping department with Lukasz Fabianski, Alphonse Areola and Darren Randolph all at the London Stadium.
The latter two are approaching the end of their respective careers, however, and Areola (if we sign him permanently) will need some stiff competition next season.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are in real need of a challenger for Hugo Lloris. It seems as though Spurs may have their work cut-out though.
West Ham leading Tottenham in Sam Johnstone race
That’s according to The Sun who claim that the Hammers are in pole position to sign the 28-year-old at the moment.
As things stand though, Johnstone won’t be leaving the Hawthorns until the summer when he will become a free agent.
We think that the three-capped England international would be a fantastic addition for the Hammers.
Having Johnstone and Areola fighting it out for the number one jersey next season would put us in a very strong position.
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.
The 28-year-old would make any team stronger, that goes without saying.
Beating Tottenham in the race for his signature would be the icing on the cake as well.
It’s always nice getting one over our rivals off the pitch as well as on it!