Sheffield Wednesday are in the market for a replacement for Keiren Westwood, Yorkshire Live journalist Dom Howson has confirmed.
Wednesday are preparing for a season in League One after being relegated from the Championship, as the veteran goalkeeper reached the end of his contract and left the club as a free agent.
The Irishman was one short of 200 appearances for the Owls and kept 73 clean sheets in his seven-year stay at Hillsborough (Transfermarkt).
Howson was asked in a fan Q&A whether the club was intent on bringing in another goalkeeper and whether West Bromwich Albion’s Josh Griffiths was a possible option. He confirmed that the search for Westwood’s replacement was underway and acknowledged that Griffiths ‘acquitted himself well’ on loan at Cheltenham Town last season.
However, he warned that ‘much depends’ on the future of Sam Johnstone. If the relegated Baggies were to sell the 28-year-old, who made the most saves in the Premier League in 2020/21 and was hailed as “brilliant” by Sam Allardyce, then they may be reluctant to sanction Griffiths’ temporary departure.
Unfortunately for Wednesday, it seems likely that Johnstone will leave West Brom. He proved he was good enough for Premier League level and there will surely be plenty of suitors for a player who has just been named in the provisional England squad for the European Championship.
The Owls may duly be forced to abandon any hopes of signing Griffiths, who the Baggies will likely wish to keep, and Sheffield Wednesday could need to look elsewhere as they seek a replacement for the long-serving Westwood.
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