West Ham United want to sign Sam Johnstone from West Brom this summer according to the Express and Star.
Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has suggested that the Baggies will do everything they can to keep the 28-year-old goalkeeper at the Hawthorns, however (Express and Star).
West Ham boss David Moyes will surely be keen to sign a new goalkeeper either this summer or next.
Numbers one and two Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph will be 36 and 34 respectively before the start of next season and are both on the decline.
We do have some exciting young talent coming through the ranks but Joesph Anang, Nathan Trott and Krisztian Hegyi are nowhere near ready for regular Premier League action.
And bearing that in mind, West Brom ace Sam Johnstone would be an excellent addition for West Ham.
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 124 games for the Baggies, he has let in 166 goals whilst keeping 30 clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
If West Brom go down, as is expected, Sam Allardyce will be looking for around £7.5-10 million for the 28-year-old (The Athletic).
Sam Allardyce issues response to West Ham chasing Sam Johnstone rumours
ExWHUemployee recently claimed that West Ham want to sign the Baggies star.
Sam Allardyce suggested that West Brom will fight tooth and nail to keep him at the Hawthorns, however, as quoted by the Express and Star:
“We can only discuss that when we have secured our position as a Premier League club. That would mean discussion from the hierarchy at the club and look at what they can do with Sam’s contract and try to persuade him to stay. As usual, business is business. Whatever happens can only be decided then, but I think the club would do their very best to keep him.”
West Brom are almost certainly set for relegation down to the Championship.
So Allardyce’s words may well mean little.
If West Ham make a reasonable offer for Johnstone’s services in the summer, the Baggies will surely have to sell him.
And what a signing the former Manchester United ace would be for us.