By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Jan, 2022 | 7:45pm

Sam Johnstone not likely to leave West Brom in January - Joe Chapman

Sam Johnstone is not likely to leave West Brom during the January window, according to Birmingham Mail journalist Joe Chapman.

The England international goalkeeper, 28, is out of contract at the end of the 2021-22 season and has been linked with a move to some Premier League sides.

However, Albion will only let him leave if a huge bid is brought to the negotiation table by his suitors, with Valerien Ismael still very much counting on him for the rest of the campaign.

Chapman replied on the website when asked if Johnstone could leave The Hawthorns before the winter transfer ends: “He’s had a poor couple of weeks in terms of his form, but I still don’t see Sam leaving this month unless Albion receive an offer which is simply too good to turn down.

“I still think Ismael counts him as his number one, and he’ll be missed in the meantime if he returns back on form.

“He’s still considered very important to this team, at least until the summer.”

Good news?

West Brom will be getting nothing if Johnstone decides to walk away at the end of his contract, but it appears they are ready to let that happen as opposed to letting him go on a cheap this month.

He has been out of form in recent weeks, making some errors, but having him in goal will always boost the side’s promotion chances.

Should the Baggies end up clinching promotion, they have a high chance of getting him to sign a new deal.

However, failure to do that will see him most likely seek a move to the Premier League.

Johnstone knows he will need to be playing in the top-flight to retain his berth in the Three Lions squad ahead of the World Cup later this year, and he will not be short of options in the division once he becomes a free agent.

A January exit cannot be completely ruled out, though, but it is hard to see a club willing to spend much on a goalie right now when he is available for nothing in July.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies have tabled a new contract offer to centre forward.

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