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Reporter delivers verdict on West Ham’s chances of signing key West Brom man

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Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser admits he would be ‘surprised’ to see West Ham United re-enter the race for West Bromwich Albion keeper Sam Johnstone this summer, in an interview with Football FanCast.

This comes after the temporary signing of Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who was left out in the cold at the Parc des Princes with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Rico, Keylor Navas and others available as alternative options to Mauricio Pochettino.

He links up with the Hammers on an initial season-long loan agreement with a view to a permanent move next summer – but he wasn’t the only goalkeeper David Moyes’ side were targeting this summer.

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They also held a strong interest in West Bromwich Albion’s Johnstone – but had a £6m bid rejected for the 28-year-old before pushing through the deal for Areola.

Johnstone was one of the Baggies’ stand out performers last term despite their relegation to the Championship – and was tipped with a move back to the Premier League with the likes of the Hammers, Manchester United and Arsenal all reported to be monitoring the shot-stopper’s situation.

The England international currently has less than 12 months left on his remaining deal and may not sign a new contract at The Hawthorns whilst the club are still in the Championship.

This could pave the way for a potential cut-price deal to be negotiated – but Evening Standard reporter Rosser believes West Ham’s business in the goalkeeping department is complete for the summer..

Speaking to Football FanCast on this subject, he said: “I’d be surprised if they got both [Areola and Johnstone].

“I think they wanted to bring in some competition for Fabianski. Moyes was pleasantly surprised by how well Fabianski did last season but then there were a couple of niggling injuries that he had to put up with.

“They’re looking beyond him now, with competition for Fabianski and then an eventual successor.”

The Verdict:

Many people would believe Rosser is just stating the obvious, but considering the fact Lukasz Fabianski could potentially be coming to the end of his West Ham career in the next year or two at 36 years old, a new goalkeeper is likely to be back on the agenda at some point.

But whether this move would go ahead could depend on Johnstone’s willingness to sit on the bench at the London Stadium.

At 28, he should arguably be playing every week and quite frankly, some would say he’s too good to be sitting on the bench, whether it’s at Arsenal or West Ham.

Regardless of this though, you have to commend West Ham’s recruitment team in going for two excellent goalkeepers who were likely to be available on a cut-price deal.

With Johnstone’s current contract situation and Areola’s ridiculous amount of goalkeeping competition at PSG, both would have been available on cheaper deals and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them enter the market again for the former if they believe Fabianksi will be leaving in the near-future.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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