Insiders believe that West Ham are well on their towards beating the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and others to the signature of Sam Johnstone, according to a report from The Sun.
Johnstone continues to be linked with a host of Premier League sides. He has probably not enjoyed the campaign he was hoping for. He made a dreadful error in West Brom’s clash with Huddersfield on Friday.
Nevertheless, plenty of teams want the 28-year-old. His contract at the Hawthorns is set to expire at the end of the season. And with the Baggies only on the very periphery of the play-off battle, it appears increasingly likely that the goalkeeper will move on this summer.
The Sun reports that Manchester United could make a move should they lose Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Tottenham and Southampton remain in the running.
However, it is West Ham who lead the way for Johnstone. The Sun reports that insiders involved in a potential move believe that a deal is edging closer.
Johnstone’s stock was extremely high last season despite West Brom’s relegation. He has been involved in the England squads over the last year after an ‘outstanding‘ campaign in the Premier League. And he got to make his Three Lions debut ahead of Euro 2020.
However, that stock has fallen slightly in the months since. The Baggies have endured a tough time back in the second tier.
Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract at Tottenham. And Lukasz Fabianski is reportedly set to follow suit at West Ham.
With that in mind, Johnstone may struggle for regular game-time initially should he join either Tottenham or West Ham this summer.
Perhaps that should therefore, leave Southampton as major contenders with neither Fraser Forster or Alex McCarthy stamping their authority on the number one spot at St Mary’s.