As per The Telegraph, an encouraging West Ham United transfer update has come to light involving West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The Lowdown: West Ham eye Johnstone…
Despite signing Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan deal from Paris-Saint Germain, with the option to make his move permanent (whufc.com), West Ham are continuing to be linked with a move for the Baggies ace.
The Hammers actually did attempt to sign Johnstone in the summer window, with The Athletic claiming that they had a bid rejected for his services before opting for Areola as an alternative.
West Brom’s number one, as it stands, could leave as a free agent at the end of this season with his contract looking to set to expire in 2022. Now, an update has surfaced on West Ham’s involvement, and it could be encouraging.
The Latest: West Ham in pole position…
As per The Telegraph and reliable reporter Mike McGrath, the Hammers are ‘at the front of the queue’ to sign Johnstone as they enter pole position.
Indeed, he is expected to be among the most in-demand free transfer signings of next year as manager David Moyes personally weighs the player as competition for his number one Lukasz Fabianski.
The Verdict: Priority?
Given the presence of Areola and just how much the Frenchman has been solid when given the opportunity, we believe a swoop for Johnstone arguably shouldn’t come as a necessity.
Moyes could seal a capable heir to Fabianski by triggering the buy-option for Areola, saving a lot of time in attempting to beat other clubs in the race for West Brom’s star man.
Even on a free deal, West Ham are far better prioritising a new striker signing if they haven’t already signed one by next summer, especially given the lack of a natural alternative to Michail Antonio.
Despite being lauded as a ‘world class‘ shot-stopper by former Wolves favourite Steve Bull, head of recruitment Rob Newman must surely have other positions in mind.
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