By Rob Jarvis

10th Jan, 2022 | 7:10am

Steve Madeley: Sam Johnstone will 'almost certainly' leave West Brom in summer

Steve Madeley has insisted that Sam Johnstone will “almost certainly” leave West Brom in the upcoming summer.

The Athletic journalist has reported that no progress has been made on a potential new deal, with his current contract to expire in less than six months.

Johnstone has been linked with a move away since relegation from the Premier League, but also looks unlikely this month.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Madeley shared the latest state of play with Johnstone and a potential exit.

“Johnstone will almost certainly be gone at the end of the season with discussions over a new deal not having progressed and his contract due to expire in the summer.”

Ending slowly.

This has been a painful one to watch.

Everyone involved with the Baggies will have known that since the end of last season, Johnstone was bound to leave the club one day soon.

There was hope when discussions over a new deal were mooted, but that ended up being false hope in the end for those who decided to believe it.

Johnstone was never going to put pen-to-paper on a deal committing his future to the club in the Championship, with no real guarantee of a straight return to the Premier League.

We question if that will happen at all under Valerien Ismael, with things seeming to get worst every week.

Unfortunately for Johnstone, Madeley reports that no Premier League club look set to come in this month, meaning he will need to wait until the summer.

That also means no cash for the Albion, who will just need to let one of their biggest names walk away for nothing, although that doesn’t surprise us.

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