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West Ham: David Moyes plotting early move for Sam Johnstone

West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Sam Johnstone to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by West Ham insider Claret & Hugh, who claimed in a recent post that, following Alphonse Areola’s display in the 2-1 (AET) FA Cup victory over Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, David Moyes appears unlikely to make the 28-year-old’s loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain a permanent move this summer.

Instead, it is reported that the 58-year-old could look to tie up an early deal for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who looks set to become available on a free transfer upon the expiry of his current contract at The Hawthorns at the end of the season.

Finally, Claret & Hugh suggest that Moyes is a big fan of the 28-year-old, while the England international’s agent, Will Salthouse, is an intermediary known extremely well to David Sullivan – as he also represents Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell, Ryan Fredericks and Darren Randolph.

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Frightening duo

While it is undeniable that the soon-to-be 37-year-old Lukasz Fabianski is well into the twilight years of his professional footballing career, the former Poland international has demonstrated this season that, in the short-term, he still has much to offer for West Ham.

Indeed, over his 22 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £900k-rated shot-stopper has been in extremely fine form for the Hammers, keeping five clean sheets and making an average of 3.2 saves per game – the joint eighth-most in the top flight.

These returns have seen the £60k-per-week ‘keeper – with whom the Irons are reported to be in contract extension talks – average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as the club’s 13th-best performer in the league.

Regarding Johnstone, the £7.2m-rated goalkeeper undoubtedly proved over his 37 Premier League outings for West Brom last season that he is good enough for the very highest level of the English game, keeping six clean sheets and making an average of 4.5 saves per match – the most of any ‘keeper in the league last time out.

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These metrics saw the £32.5k-per-week England international earn a quite remarkable seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Albion’s second-best player in the division – a rather extraordinary feat considering the Baggies’ relegation from the top flight.

As such, should West Ham go on to secure the bargain signing of the ‘keeper who Steve Bruce dubbed a “diamond” this summer, in addition to tying Fabianski down to a new contract at the London Stadium, Moyes will have formed a frightening duo between the sticks for the Irons – both of whom would appear more than capable of being the club’s number one next term.

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