West Ham are leading the race to sign Sam Johnstone from West Brom, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The report claims that Johnstone is unlikely to move during the January transfer window, rather he will run down his contract at the Hawthorns.

He is expected to be one of the sought-after free transfers of next summer.


Earlier this month, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook claimed that the Hammers are keeping close tabs on Johnstone.

The England international has a contract at the club till the end of the season and it could even cost in the region of £10m to sign the “remarkable[Chris Lepkowski, 23 November] goalkeeper in January.

Southampton are one of the clubs interested in the 28-year-old, as they want a new goalkeeper following injuries to Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster.

The Telegraph claim that Moyes sees Johnstone as someone who
can compete against Lukasz Fabianski for the number one spot.

The Hammers already have a reliable backup option in Alphonse Areola, although he hasn’t been able to replace Fabianski from Premier League duty.

A move for Johnstone in the summer makes sense, but the competition for him will also increase, especially if other clubs join the race.

West Ham’s immediate priorities lie elsewhere. Signing a centre-back and a back-up striker should be a top concern in the January window.

In other West Ham News, Three changes, Ben Johnson returns and Michail Antonio rested – Predicted XI vs Tottenham.

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