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Southampton: Martin Semmens could make last gasp bid for Sam Johnstone

Southampton: Martin Semmens could make last gasp bid for Sam Johnstone -Southampton Transfer Rumours

As per a report in The Mirror’s print edition (28.01.21, pg. 58, via The 72), some transfer news has come out of Southampton as the club could now make a last gasp bid to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Lowdown: Saints eyeing moves…

Over this last week of the transfer window, the Saints have been tipped with late moves through reliable sources in the press as they aim to back manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Who should Southampton sign before deadline day?

Armando Broja permanently

Armando Broja permanently

Tino Anjorin

Tino Anjorin

Dele Alli

Dele Alli

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone

Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano lifted the lid on Southampton’s willingness to table a £25 million bid to sign loanee Armando Broja on a permanent deal from Chelsea (Twitter). correspondent Adam Newson also claimed that the south coast side, and by extension their transfer chief Martin Semmens, are attempting to sign another Blues sensation in midfielder Tino Anjorin (Twitter).

Now, with more news emerging on Southampton’s end-of-window transfer plans, The Mirror have an update involving England international Johnstone.

The Latest: Saints could make last gasp Johnstone bid…

As per their information, via The 72, Hasenhuttl’s side ‘could make a last minute move’ to sign the 28-year-old this month with his Baggies contract runs out at the end of 2021/2022.

West Brom are set to lose the shot-stopper as a free agent in the summer as things stand, with January coming as one last chance to potentially make a small profit off his sale.

The Championship side’s manager, Valerien Ismael, confirmed that he axed Johnstone from his last squad to face Preston North End – revealing it was due to a behind-the-scenes ‘issue’.

After this internal development, The Mirror claim Southampton, West Ham and Spurs have been put on alert and could bid before the deadline.

The Verdict: Get it done?

There is little denying Johnstone would be a stellar capture for Semmens considering his pedigree, age and the fact he is homegrown.

Hailed for his form in the Premier League with West Brom last season, this drew the attention of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, who subsequently handed the player his first England call-up.

Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Steve Bull lauded Johnstone as a ‘world class goalkeeper’ when speaking to This is Futbol last year – coming as even more evidence he would be a fine capture at St. Mary’s Stadium.

At just 28, Johnstone would also provide Hasenhuttl a long-term solution to his goalkeeping conundrum with Willy Caballero, Frazer Forster and Alex McCarthy all set to leave as free agents in the summer as things stand.

In other news: ‘Absolute scenes’, ‘Yes yes yes’, ‘Coming for Europe’ – Broja news has many Saints fans buzzing, find out more here.

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