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West Ham United lead Manchester United in Sam Johnstone race report claims
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West Ham United lead Manchester United in Sam Johnstone race report claims

West Ham United are leading Manchester United in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer according to a report from ESPN.

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Hammers boss David Moyes may well be on the look-out to bring a new goalkeeper to the London Stadium this summer.

Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph will be 36 and 34 by the time the new season starts.

It seems as though Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to reshuffle his goalkeeping options at Old Trafford as well.

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West Ham to face Manchester United competition for Sam Johnstone?

ESPN reckon that Man United have entered the race to sign the 28-year-old Baggies stopper.

It is suggested that the Hammers are favourites to prise him away from the Hawthorns, however.

Johnstone would be a top class addition for West Ham.

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Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the West Brom stopper cuts an imposing figure. He is dominant in the air, a great shot stopper and is a very impressive communicator.

Johnstone has been a real hit with West Brom. In 127 games for the Baggies, he has let in 172 goals whilst keeping 30 clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).

The Telegraph reckon that West Brom want £20 million for the 28-year-old. Meanwhile, The Evening Standard suggest that £10 million could be enough to prise him away from the Black County club.

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That sounds like very good value.

And if West Ham do manage to beat Manchester United to his signature it would be a real statement of intent from the East London outfit.