Three reasons Aston Villa should sign Hennessey if Crystal Palace buy Johnstone

According to reports in the printed version of Wednesday’s edition of The Sun (page 62), Crystal Palace are ready to make a £5m January move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is currently on a season-long loan deal with Championship high-flyers Aston Villa.

The Sun says that Roy Hodgson is keen to make a move for the impressive 24-year-old stopper in the New Year, with the report adding that even though he is due to stay at Villa Park until May, the Red Devils inserted a clause in the deal which allows him to be recalled and then sold on next month.

The south London outfit have recovered from losing their opening seven Premier League matches this term to not only move off of the bottom of the table, but also out of the relegation zone and up to 14th position.

With Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey as his only two options, it is an area that Hodgson is obviously keen to sort sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, Johnstone returned to Villa Park on loan during the summer following a successful similar spell last term, and he has kept 17 clean sheets in 44 appearances for the Midlands outfit in all competitions.

Villa’s financial difficulties may mean they can’t afford to compete for the permanent addition of Johnstone in January though, and if the Eagles do bring him to Selhurst Park then Steve Bruce may be making a shrewd move by getting Hennessey in his place.

Here are three reasons why Villa should sign the Welshman if Palace win the race for the 24-year-old…