Southampton ‘join West Ham and Tottenham in the fight for West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’… and could pounce in January in a bid to steal a march on their rivals
- Sam Johnstone has impressed between the sticks for West Brom and England
- The 28-year-old provided an assist for Jack Grealish’s goal against Andorra
- Fraser Forster is set to exit Southampton when his contract expires in June 2022
- However, the South Coast club reportedly want his departure to happen sooner
- Tottenham are said to have sent a scout to watch Johnstone in action last month
- West Ham could see Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola leave in the summer
The West Brom and England goalkeeper, who was untroubled against Andorra and brilliantly assisted the Three Lions’ fifth, has been impressive for the Baggies this season and also stood out last term as they were relegated from the Premier League.
Even though the 28-year-old becomes a free agent in the summer, Southampton are said to be looking to test the Championship side’s resolve with a bid in January, according to The Sun.
Southampton are thought to be interested in Sam Johnstone and could make a bid in January
The England goalkeeper provided a brilliant assist for Jack Grealish in the 5-0 win over Andorra
Fraser Forster’s departure from St Mary’s could happen in the next window if Johnstone joins
Johnstone is understood to be settled at the Hawthorns with the side second in the league and is likely to wait until the end of his contract before deciding on his future, with West Brom thought to be interested in offering him a big-money deal if he chooses to stay.
Southampton’s urgency can be explained by the fact that Fraser Forster is set to leave when his contract runs out at the end of the season – and his departure could be sooner than that if the Johnstone deal gets over the line in the upcoming transfer window.
Alex McCarthy is the only other senior goalkeeper in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s current set-up.
Tottenham are understood to have sent a scout to watch Johnstone in the 1-1 draw with Preston
Spurs are facing the possibility of losing both Hugo Lloris and Pierluigi Gollini next summer
West Ham are also linked with Johnstone as Lukasz Fabianski days at the club look numbered
Spurs were supposedly interested in signing Johnstone this summer and despite ultimately settling on the loan option of Pierluigi Gollini for 2021-22, they sent a scout to watch Johnstone in the 1-1 draw against Preston late last month, according to Football Insider, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-choice stopper Hugo Lloris saying in August that the club had not approached him about extending his stay in north London.
The high-flying Hammers meanwhile are thought to still be looking at Johnstone after seeing a £10million bid for the Manchester United academy graduate rejected over the summer.
No 1 Lukasz Fabianski signed a contract extension in March that only keeps him at the London Stadium until the end of the campaign, while the future of on-loan Alphonse Areola is uncertain, with the Paris Saint-Germain custodian having enjoyed limited time between the sticks so far this season under David Moyes.