Southampton looking to make January bid for Sam Johnstone
Southampton are looking to make a bid for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in January, according to reports from Express and Star.
The 28-year-old, who impressed during England’s 5-0 win over Andorra, is out of contract in June.
He has been impressive for both club and country, and scouts of several clubs have watched him in action in the past few months.
The England goalkeeper has held talks with the Baggies over a contract extension. Johnstone is happy at the Hawthorns and he wants to decide on his future after the end of the season.
West Brom have a big decision to make here – whether to cash in on him in January or lose him for free in the summer.
Southampton want to sign a goalkeeper to challenge Alex McCarthy for the number one spot, and they have earmarked Johnstone for the role.
World Cup decision
Johnstone was heavily linked with a move during the summer transfer window following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship.
However, the Baggies only received a £6million bid from West Ham in the summer, which was well below their asking price.
With clubs like Southampton, Tottenham and West Ham vying for his signature, Johnstone has a big decision to make on his future.
Obviously, he would love to play in the Premier League which will enhance his chances of getting into the World Cup squad.
At the same time, he must pick a club where he will be a regular starter. Sitting on the bench and playing a second fiddle to established keepers will only hamper his international career.
West Brom can provide him with that opportunity. Also, the Baggies have a good chance of getting promoted next season which will allow him to feature regularly in the Premier League.
It seems Johnstone has made the right decision to wait and see how things unfold at the end of the season.
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