Taking to Twitter, journalist Ekrem Konur has shared news on West Bromwich Albion ace Sam Johnstone as he backs claims that West Ham United are eyeing a move.
The Lowdown: Transfer changes on the horizon?
Since the club officially appointed new recruitment chief Rob Newman, there have been many links emerging to transfer targets.
West Ham are continuing the chase for a new striker, with reports from Spain even claiming that they are prepared to invest significantly in the chase for Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas.
Elsewhere outfield, the Irons are also apparently interested in USA international Weston McKennie.
Konur, however, has now come out with a claim on who Newman is eyeing for West Ham between the sticks.
The Latest: Newman eyeing Johnstone move for West Ham…
As per the Turkish source, West Ham, and by extension Newman, are eyeing West Brom ace Johnstone even after their failed bid to sign him in the summer.
Football Insider even claimed that the 28-year-old was ‘very keen’ on a move to the London Stadium but GSB’s alleged bid was swiftly rejected.
Konur, however, believes West Ham are still interested in the player alongside the likes of Tottenham and Southampton.
“WBA and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is targeted by Tottenham,” he explained on social media.
“Southampton and West Ham are the other interested teams with the young keeper. Johnstone will be free to negotiate with those clubs in January. His West Bromwich contract will expire at the end of this season.”
The Verdict: Get it done?
Depending on whether West Ham opt to make Alphonse Areola’s move a permanent one at the end of this season, Johnstone could certainly come as a shrewd signing.
Lauded as ‘unreal’ by former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, the England international proved a more than capable shot stopper in the top flight before the Baggies’ relegations last season.
Acquiring Johnstone on a free deal in 2022 certainly seems like a no-risk move by Newman and the club.
In other news: West Ham join race to sign ‘complete’ 6 foot 4 forward likened to Firmino, find out more here.
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