Leeds and Brighton are monitoring the situation around West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone, amid reports he could be sold off by the Baggies.
The 27-year-old keeper has let in 29 goals this season – a record only worsened by Leeds. However, that does not tell the full story with Johnstone excellent between the sticks for Albion and currently topping the Premier League saves chart.
However, with just 18 months left on his deal, The Sun claims West Brom could have to sell their star man. The paper reckons his sale would be almost inevitable were Sam Allardyce be unable to keep West Brom in the Premier League.
As per the paper, they claim Johnstone is valued at around £7m by the Baggies. And while they don’t want to sell, they would be forced into his sale were they relegated. However, it’s suggested Johnstone could even be on the move in late January.
West Brom have just seven points from their 14 games played so far. Were they to be further cut adrift by late January – and survival to look increasingly unlikely – then his exit could come about sooner.
As per the report, both Leeds and Brighton are considering an approach.
Leeds hope to offload Kiko Casilla and bring in Johnstone as cover and competition for the impressive Illan Meslier. The 20-year-old Frenchman has shone this season, but Leeds don’t have much depth or cover in his position. The Whites have also been linked with Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
Brighton, meanwhile, want another quality keeper to keep pressure on Mat Ryan.
The paper claims Johnstone’s form has also put him in contention for England’s European Championship squad. With Henderson struggling for game-time at Old Trafford, Johnstone is said to be now regarded as next in line.
Pundit wants Leeds to sign Divock Origi
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan feels Marcelo Bielsa should look to take Liverpool striker Divock Origi to Elland Road in January.
Origi, 25, has been with Liverpool since 2015 but has rarely been able to command a regular starting berth. Used mainly from the substitutes’ bench, he featured in 28 games during the Reds’ title-winning season of 2019-2020.
However, the Belgium international has played just seven minutes of Liverpool’s 2020-21 league campaign. He has made three starts in the Champions League but seems down the pecking order in terms of the league.
With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp may look to send him out on loan in January.
Speaking why Leeds should act, Whelan reckons a deal for Origi would “show Leeds’ intent”.