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West Ham in pole position to swoop for West Brom ace as EFL return looms



West Ham United are well placed to swoop for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who looks increasingly likely to depart following the Baggies’ relegation back into the Championship. 

Johnstone has been one of Albion’s top performers this season in the Premier League, despite West Brom’s stay back in the top-flight lasting just a year.

The 28-year-old has featured on 35 occasions, impressing in goal for the Baggies despite keeping just six clean sheets and shipping 68 goals.

talkSPORT’s Alex Crook reports how a move to West Ham could be a possibility this summer, with David Moyes’ side leading the early race to secure the service of the Englishman.

Johnstone started his career with Manchester United, but didn’t make a senior appearance at Old Trafford, instead plying his trade out on loan in the EFL with a host of clubs.

It wasn’t until the goalkeeper linked up with Aston Villa over two spells that he really started making a name for himself between 2017 and 2018.

He then moved on to West Brom in the summer of 2018, helping the Baggies to the play-offs in his first season at the Hawthorns and then automatic promotion in his second, earning a Premier League chance in the process.

West Brom were relegated back into the Championship earlier this month after a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.

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The Verdict

Johnstone has been a real standout performer at West Brom this season, which tells you everything considering the goals they’ve conceded.

He’s a top goalkeeper, really starting to peak as he approaches 30.

West Ham would be a good place for him to take that next step in his career and potentially break onto the England scene more permanently.

It really does look a good fit.

Thoughts? Let us know! 

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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