By Adefunmiloye Alani

12th Nov, 2021 | 7:07am

Sam Allardyce would sign Sam Johnstone for Newcastle United

Sam Allardyce would sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for Newcastle if he was their manager and had £200million to spend.

The Magpies are expected to splash the cash in subsequent transfer windows after money-rich Saudis took over, and Big Sam broke down how he would go about his transfers were he calling the shots at St. James’ Park.

The former Baggies boss says Johnstone would be his ideal goalkeeper signing right now given the current contract situation of the 28-year-old England international.

Allardyce told SportBible while playing the latest edition of Football Manager: “I wouldn’t hesitate with this pick. Earlier I spoke about the core of the team, and what your budget needs to focus on.

“There’s nothing better than giving your team the massive boost with a top-quality goalkeeper for next to nothing. This guy is going to be extremely cheap.

“He’s in the England set-up now too, and his contract is running out as well. Imagine pulling a goalkeeper like that. If the gaming gaffers are listening to this, look out for Sam if he’s going cheap. He has shown his full potential in the past couple of years. He is a quality goalkeeper.”

Real-life scenario?

Newcastle could be in the market for a new goalie next summer depending on what new manager Eddie Howe wants, and Johnstone could be on his radar after his impressive performances over the last 18 months.

The Three Lions man is in the final months of his contract and is not looking keen on signing an extension for a lot of reasons.

Securing instant promotion should ideally see West Brom keep Johnstone, but with a signing-on fee guaranteed elsewhere, that is not a given.

The Baggies ace will not be short of suitors in the summer, and should one of the bigwigs come calling, say Tottenham Hotspur, he is likely to prefer the chance of playing in Europe compared to another potential relegation battle.

Both club and player do not know what the immediate future holds, with a transfer decision not ruled out in January.

While fans would love to hold on to him, Johnstone is in firm control of things and will be solely in charge of his final move at the end of the season.

In other West Brom news, Euro giants want to sign Baggies player, club reps recently at WBA training ground.

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