West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has admitted that he wants to return to the Premier League next season, amid reported interest from West Ham.

The Hammers are keen on signing the 28-year-old [The Mirror via their print edition; 6 January, page 55] this month, but he is likely to stay at Albion this month.

According to Express and Star, the keeper is eager to help the Baggies get to the Premier League this season.

“There was a lot of talk in the summer. It (a transfer) just didn’t happen and we are focused on doing our best to get promoted back up this year,” Johnstone said, as quoted by Express and Star.

“That is the only aim. I see the speculation and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s out of my control but I want to be back playing in the Premier League.”

Focus elsewhere

Johnstone has a contract at the Hawthorns till the end of
the season, and he will be a free agent in the summer.

The West Midlands club could cash in on him this month, but it seems the player is focussed on staying at West Brom this month.

Johnstone, who was hailed by Gary Lineker as “unbelievable“, has been superb this season for the Baggies, managing
11 clean sheets so far.

Under Valerien Ismael, the Baggies have played a high-line defence, where Johnstone has played as a sweeper-keeper.

He would be a very good
signing for the Hammers but the immediate priorities lie elsewhere.

The Hammers need to sign a quality striker who can provide strong competition for Michail Antonio while adding another centre-back should also be a priority.

West Ham could face strong competition for Johnstone, with Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle [Express and Star] all having been linked.

In other West Ham news, an ex-FIFA official was shocked by this “unbelievable” footage that’s emerged from the win over Norwich.

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