Speaking to GiveMeSport, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has shared some post-January Southampton transfer news involving West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The Lowdown: Southampton eye summer moves…
As per reliable Saints reporter Tom Leach of Hampshire Live, CEO and transfer chief Martin Semmens has his eyes firmly on the summer window after a fairly quiet January.
Who do Southampton need to sign next?
Broja on a permanent deal
Southampton did hold talks over Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin, who they are now set to scout during his loan spell at Huddersfield Town, with the Blues also said to be open to letting their on-loan striker Armando Broja join the Saints permanently (Hampshire Live).
One area of the squad raising question marks is undoubtedly Ralph Hasenhuttl’s goalkeeping roster, as all of his current options are set to run out of contract at the end of 2021/22 as things stand (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Crook makes post-January claim involving Johnstone…
Sharing what he knows, talkSPORT reporter Crook said that Southampton have been laying the groundwork to sign Baggies ace Johnstone, with the England international set to leave West Brom on a free transfer later this year.
The journalist added that St Mary’s is the ‘most likely destination’ for Johnstone, telling GiveMeSport:
“Southampton have been working quite hard to try and get this one teed up for the summer. So, at the moment, I would say that is his most likely destination to go and become number one.”
The Verdict: Get it done…
Semmens should hold no hesitation in signing the 28-year-old on a free transfer, especially considering his Three Lions recognition, his homegrown status and that he still has plenty of years left in his career.
He would come as a suitable and cheap long-term option for Hasenhuttl who also happens to be proven in the Premier League.
Johnstone’s former boss Sam Allardyce raved over the goalkeeper last year, calling him ‘one of the best’ in his position, while ex-Sheffield United shot-stopper Paddy Kenny has also branded the player ‘unreal’ (Football Insider).
On a free transfer and with many Saints ‘keepers looking set to leave in a few months’ time, this really does seem like a no-brainer.
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