Evening Standard reporter Jack Rosser admits he would be “surprised” to see West Ham United resume the race for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer in an interview with Football fan.
It comes after the temporary signature of Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, which was left out at the Parc des Princes with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Rico, Keylor Navas and others available as alternatives to Mauricio Pochettino.
He is teaming up with the Hammers on an initial one-season loan deal in preparation for a permanent move next summer – but he wasn’t the only goalkeeper David Moyes was targeting this summer.
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They also had a strong interest in Johnstone of West Bromwich Albion – but had a £ 6million offer rejected for the 28-year-old before making the deal for Areola.
Johnstone was one of the Baggies’ most notable performers last season despite being relegated to the Championship – and has been tipped off by a return to the Premier League with players like the Hammers, Manchester United and Arsenal all reported monitoring the sniper situation.
The England international currently has less than 12 months on his remaining contract and may not sign a new contract at The Hawthorns while the club are still in the league.
That could pave the way for negotiating a possible cut-price deal – but Evening reporter Standard Rosser believes West Ham’s business in the goalkeeper department is over for the summer.
Talk to Football fan about it he said: “I would be surprised if they had both [Areola and Johnstone].
“I think they wanted to bring competition for Fabianski. Moyes was pleasantly surprised with Fabianski’s performance last season, but he must have suffered some insignificant injuries.
“They are looking beyond him now, with competition for Fabianski and then a possible successor.”
Many people would think Rosser is just stating the obvious, but given the fact that Lukasz Fabianski could potentially come to the end of his West Ham career in a year or two at age 36, a new goalkeeper is likely. come back to the agenda at some point.
But if that move comes to fruition, it could depend on Johnstone’s willingness to sit on the bench at London Stadium.
At 28, he should arguably be playing every week and quite frankly some would say he’s too good to sit on the bench, whether at Arsenal or West Ham.
Regardless of that, you have to commend the West Ham recruiting team for picking out two excellent goalkeepers that may be available at a discounted price.
With Johnstone’s current contract situation and the ridiculous amount of goalkeeper competition from Areola at PSG, both would have been available with cheaper offers and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them re-enter the market for the first time. they thought Fabianksi would be leaving in the near future.