West Ham face battle from Tottenham for transfer of England star

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West Ham seem to have joined Tottenham in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who registered a key assist for England on Saturday.

The goalkeeper is out of contract at the Hawthorns at the end of the season, leading to West Ham and Tottenham apparently pencilling in offers, according to The Sun.

Johnstone is a hot property at the moment, claiming international recognition despite playing in the Championship.

His assist to Jack Grealish in Saturday’s England game showed his ability to stay switched on despite having little to do.

It is clear Johnstone is a very capable keeper, and his performances warrant a move back to the Premier League.

With his contract ending in June 2022, a number of sides have registered interest. West Ham and Spurs seem the most attractive destinations for Johnstone.

The two sides finished sixth and seventh respectively in last season’s Premier League table. West Ham are clearly on an upwards trajectory under David Moyes, while Tottenham seldom finish outside the top six.

Both sides currently sit in the top half of the Premier League. Indeed, Johnstone would be playing for a top side if he moved to either.

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West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski has kept just one clean sheet in his seven Premier League appearances this season. Furthermore, Johnstone has kept four in the Championship, and while it is not of the same standard as the Premier League, that is an enviable statistic.

Were West Ham to land the 28-year-old, there would certainly be an interesting battle for the number one spot.

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Johnstone among West Ham, Spurs targets

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Johnstone is not the only target that West Ham and Tottenham are battling to sign. The London pair are also interested in Weston McKennie.

Juventus are apparently prepared to sell McKennie, and the Premier League seems the most likely destination.

Tottenham registered interest over the summer, and West Ham have also joined the race recently.

While other Premier League clubs are interested, it seems West Ham and Spurs would be the most likely destination.