Kevin Phillips wants new West Brom deal for Sam Johnstone tied up before January
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Kevin Phillips is concerned by West Brom not yet reaching an agreement for a new contract with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The 28-year-old England international was in superb form in the Premier League last season, leading to him playing a role in Gareth Southgate’s squad at the European Championships in the summer.
However, Johnstone’s in the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns and he was strongly linked with a move away in the summer transfer window.
The ex-Manchester United shot-stopper ended up staying put in the Black Country but his contract situation is yet to be resolved.
Writing recently in a Q&A on the Birmingham Mail website, journalist Joe Chapman reported that things are “very quiet” regarding contract talks with Johnstone, despite Valerien Ismael being “relaxed” about the situation.
Phillips wants West Brom to secure Johnstone’s new contract before the January transfer window opens because there’ll be the opportunity for teams outside of England to enter pre-contract talks with the goalkeeper ahead of a potential free transfer at the end of the season.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “January comes around fast. It’s only three months away and you’re into January so before you know it, it’ll be on top of you.
“If you haven’t got it sorted then he can talk to people and behind the scenes, things will be happening.
“It’s a slight concern.
“You don’t want that going on when you want to challenge for promotion, you don’t want an upheaval for your main goalkeeper.
“You’d like to get that new deal done as quickly as you can as long as the player wants to stay and wants to get it done.
“From my experience, I’d want that done now so it doesn’t distract away from what they’re wanting to do.”
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