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West Brom: Sam Johnstone attracting Premier League interest

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone could be on his way out of The Hawthorns next summer.

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That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that Southampton’s priority at the end of the current season will be the signing of a new goalkeeper, with the Premier League side believed to have identified the West Brom shot-stopper as one of their top targets.

The report goes on to state that, despite reports suggesting Albion are planning to offer the 28-year-old a new contract – something which Valerien Ismael has confirmed the club are in talks with the ‘keeper about – as the England international’s current deal at the Championship side is due to expire next summer, there has been no agreement reached at present.

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Ismael will be gutted

While the possibility of Johnstone going on to put pen to paper on a new deal with West Brom remains a very real one, it is undeniable that the interest of a Premier League side could well influence the goalkeeper’s decision regarding his future at The Hawthorns, with his potential departure, particularly on a free transfer, sure to leave Ismael gutted.

Indeed, Johnstone was one of the club’s standout performers over his 37 Premier League appearances for Albion last season, with the £7.2m-rated man keeping six clean sheets, as well as making a highly impressive average of 4.5 saves per game.

These metrics saw the player Sam Allardyce dubbed a “magnificent” talent earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as the club’s second-best performer in the top flight last term.

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The £28k-per-week ‘keeper has also impressed over his four Championship appearances for the Baggies so far this season, keeping two clean sheets and averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.83.

As such, it is not a difficult argument to make that losing the services of the 28-year-old for nothing next summer would be something of a disaster for Ismael, as, should Albion go on to secure promotion to the Premier League come next May, losing Johnstone would undoubtedly be a huge blow to the chances of the club remaining a top-flight side upon their return to the top table.

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