West Ham is leading the race for Sam Johnston this summer, according to emerging reports …
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This is according to ESPN, which claims Irons are the first leaders to relegate with West Promotions goalkeeper David Moyes, who previously worked for the 28-year-old at Manchester United.
The Red Devils are also said to be interested in bringing him back to the club. With David de Gea’s future in doubt, while Tottenham is believed to be a fan, too.
Albion is said to value his # 1 goalkeeper at around 18 million pounds after an exciting season between the sticks for the struggling Midlands national team.
Should West Ham sign Sam Johnston?
Yes – 100%!
Eye on the future?
It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see Moyes sign a new glove man in the summer as by the time the new season swings, senior goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski will be 36 and his reserve, Darren Randolph, 34.
Despite his team having the worst defensive record in the Premier League, Johnston was in fact such a strong presence in the goalkeeper and without Baggies, they may have been relegated officially already. At 6’4, he proved to be one of the best shooting forwards in the division – which is no surprise given that they face numerous attempts at every match.
According to FBRef, the Hawthorns’ £ 32.5k a week star makes 4.27 savings per 90 minutes, the most in the Premier League. His 71.2% success rate is slightly ahead of Moise’s current No.1 number (68.5%).
Johnston won high praise throughout the campaign, for his impressive performance.
“It is one of the best [goalkeepers]Director Sam Allardyce explained to talk about the sport. While Glenn Hoddle told the Evening Standard: “I’ve seen it four times this year and it’s been amazing.”
He kept some big names at bay with his majestic standing between the sticks too – Irons who were thrown at goal Danny Ings couldn’t score past him despite two shots, and in that game, he ranked Johnston as the best player in SofaScore and likewise, not even Edinson could Cavani also scored, with the goalkeeper returning among Albion’s best-performing players again.
He was recently called up to the England squad led by Gareth Southgate but did not appear on the field, although that is an encouraging sign for him ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
Also lauded as a “diamond” to work with by Steve Bruce, Johnston would be an interesting candidate to nudge Fabianski into Moyes’ next first choice.
It’s a move former Hammers man Frank McAvoy would like to see happen, too. Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast this week, he said, “I think it’d be a really good job,” before adding, “He’s on West Ham Street.”
GSB, Moyes and the club must all close a hit on Johnstone this summer. At £ 18m, it could be a steal.
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