West Ham could well make a move for Championship goalkeeper Sam Johnstone early in the summer, with a free-transfer move reportedly on the cards.
Johnstone has been the subject of interest from a host of Premier League sides of late. Tottenham are one of the sides that join West Ham in the potential pursuit.
Johnstone was relegated with West Brom last season, and was the subject of speculation over a move back to the Prem in the summer.
However, he remained, and has been utilised for much of the season, keeping 11 clean sheets in 24 Championship fixtures. However, Baggies former boss Valerian Ismael dropped the 28-year-old for the last few games of his tenure.
That may be because Johnstone had refused contract offers to remain with West Brom. Clearly, he still has aspirations of playing in the Premier League.
As such, he is likely to move on for no fee in the summer, and West Ham may move for him early in the window, per The 72.
David Moyes’ side are seen to be in pole position for the stopper during summer.
Hammers No.1 Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract in the summer. Despite the club likely offering him a new deal, he is 36, and as such will not have much time left in the top flight.
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Johnstone will want to break back into the West Brom side under Steve Bruce, and put in some top performances. He will still want to perform to the peak of his abilities at his current club.
What’s more, the Hammers will be more likely to make him their starter after a good campaign, should they sign him.
Johnstone and Phillips West Ham targets
As well as Johnstone, Kalvin Phillips is a target of West Ham’s. The Leeds man has made a decision regarding his future amid the speculation over a move.
The midfielder reportedly wants to sign a new deal with the Whites.
Phillips’ agent revealed the star’s delight at remaining at Elland Road in January, following West Ham bids.
“Kalvin was pleased that Leeds turned those offers down,” he said.
Indeed, Leeds will be pleased one of their most crucial signings is remaining with the side.