Steve Madeley has responded to a question asking whether Sam Johnstone could leave West Brom on loan if they are relegated from the Premier League.
The Athletic journalist has shot down the claims, with the stopper’s current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
Despite beating Chelsea 5-2 at the weekend, the Baggies are still strong favourites to be relegated down to the Championship.
Responding on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning, Madeley all but confirmed that it would never happen.
“But he’d be out of contract at the end of the loan,” he said.
But he’d be out of contract at the end of the loan.
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) April 7, 2021
For this to happen, Johnstone would need to sign a new contract to keep him around the club no matter what happens with West Brom next season.
The Baggies have been heavily reliant on the keeper and England international this season, and it has earned him serious suitors in the Premier League.
Why would Johnstone want to risk his immediate future in the top-flight with one loan, when he could secure a permanent move in the summer.
The Athletic has reported on Wednesday that Johnstone is all-but-set for a move away from The Hawthorns for around £10million.
West Ham, Leeds and Spurs are among the clubs interested, and all three look to be more than established for the coming years in the top-flight.
That appears to be his likely destinations moving forward, and a new contract with the Baggies and a loan move looks to be at the bottom of the pile.
It would require promotion straight back to the Premier League, something that could be tricky given the fragile summer ahead in terms of transfer plans.
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