Sam Johnstone's contract talks with West Brom have stalled
Sam Johnstone’s contract talks with West Brom have failed to progress, according to a report from The Athletic.
They claim that the goalkeeper opened up preliminary talks with the Baggies earlier this year, but the discussions haven’t gone anywhere as of yet.
This means that both Johnstone and the club could have a decision to make in January. The player can either stay with the Baggies and try to help them get promoted and then leave on a free or sign a new deal.
However, the club might decide to cash in and ensure they make some money from him.
Bad news for the Baggies.
Given that the 28-year-old is Valerien Ismael’s first-choice goalkeeper, you would have hoped that the club could find a way to tie him down.
However, it appears as if contract talks have gone nowhere, and the Baggies could be forced to act quickly and potentially sell him.
West Ham were interested in the summer, and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move as well [Mirror].
So, we can see a situation wherein January Ismael loses his first-choice goalkeeper because the club thinks they need to make some money from his sale.
The best thing they can do is negotiate a new contract with Johnstone and ensure that he stays to at least see the season out and, hopefully, help the Baggies back into the Premier League.
However, this is not a good update for West Brom fans, and things don’t look great for Johnstone signing a new deal, which means the club have a decision to make in January.
In other West Brom news, Ismael has had a big impact on one Baggies star this season.