West Bromwich Albion have been handed a boost to their chances of keeping Sam Johnstone at The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Claret & Hugh, who claimed that West Ham United’s reported interest in a move for the Baggies goalkeeper is wide of the mark, as David Moyes thought to be prioritising the signing of a centre-forward, a centre-back and making Jesse Lingard’s deal a permanent move this summer.
Meanwhile, the Watford Observer also reported that Watford are not interested in a move for the 28-year-old in the upcoming transfer window, despite numerous links with the player for who West Brom are believed to be demanding a fee of £20m to sell.
Considering just how impressive Johnstone has been for West Brom since joining in a £6.62m move from Manchester United back in 2018, reports that the two clubs most heavily linked with a move for the goalkeeper no longer appear likely to make a move for him this summer is sure to delight Baggies fans.
Last season in particular, Johnstone was in remarkable form over his 37 Premier League appearances, helping his side to keep six clean sheets as well as averaging 4.5 saves and 0.4 successful runouts per game.
These returns saw the £28,000-per-week shot-stopper earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as the Baggies’ second-best performer in the top flight last term, behind only Matheus Pereira.
As such, if West Brom are able to hang on to the ‘keeper who Sam Allardyce dubbed “magnificent” ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign, Albion’s chances of securing an immediate return to the Premier League would appear to be significantly increased, which should please everyone involved at The Hawthorns.