The Hammers have emerged as trailblazers in the race to sign Johnstone as David Moyes is eager to bring in a top replacement for the undisputed top pick Fabianski than Darren Randolph.
Johnstone is set to leave West Brom at the end of the season following the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League, having enjoyed excellent success as a top scorer despite his side’s woes.
Moyes has no plans to name Johnstone as his new number one if a deal is made and may have to wait until after Euro 2020, with the 28-year-old being a potential selection for Gareth Southgate after winning his first call to England in March. .
Previous ESPN reports touting West Ham as a favorite due to Johnstone’s relationship with Moyes have also cited Manchester United as a potential destination for the £ 18million-valued keeper, although the Red Devils are no longer a contender. rival.
TalkSPORT adds that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are set to sign Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton on a free transfer to replace Lee Grant and Sergio Romero as a replacement, potentially leaving West Ham free to plunder the Hawthorns.
TBR’s point of view:
There is no doubt that Johnstone’s ability as a Premier League goalkeeper shone in a poor West Brom side, but doubt may persist over West Ham’s signing of the Preston-born shooter given the intentions of Moyes to become Fabianski’s number two.
Johnstone may prefer to ignore being reunited with Moyes if that means he has to settle for a seat on the bench more often than on the pitch, as he has shown himself capable of producing remarkable performances which have led to a first call in England. -up.
Sam Allardyce described Johnstone as “one of the best” in his position after a heroic display to keep Liverpool to a draw, making a superb late save to deny the Reds a winner.
Johnstone also made more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper (160) as he entered the last weekend of the season, saved more shots in the box (99), the fourth most successful point (13) and punches (22). ), by SofaScore.
Fabianski ranks 20th for successful outings (4), 14th for punches (9), ninth for total saves (98) and 16th for saves on shots made inside the box ( 51), and at age 36 and on a one-year contract extension. , the Irons’ £ 7million (BBC) signing from 2018 might not be the first choice for much longer.
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