West Brom sign keeper from Man Utd for £6.5m to replace Foster

Date published: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 6:46 - Joe Williams

West Brom have signed goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old joins for an initial £6.5million to become the Baggies’ first summer signing.

He is expected to replace Ben Foster with the goalkeeper on the brink of joining Watford.

Johnstone told the club’s official site: “I’m happy to be here. I’ve spoken to a lot of people about the club and heard nothing but good things.

“It’s good to get through the door. I’ve played Championship games and won a promotion from League One with Preston but always seemed to end back at Manchester United or going somewhere else.

“Now it’s time to settle down and take my game up to the next level which I believe I can do here.”

Johnstone spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and has also had spells at Scunthorpe, Walsall, Doncaster, Yeovil and Preston.

He did not make an appearance in seven years at Old Trafford after coming through United’s academy.

“Sam is young and determined to be the best keeper he can possibly be – he’s hungry to do that with us at Albion,” said boss Darren Moore.

“We’ve had him targeted from the outset and we’re all delighted to have him on board.

“He buys into exactly what we are trying to achieve and will hopefully represent the shape of things to come.”


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