By Saikat Mandal

13th Jan, 2022 | 1:10pm

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone opens up on transfer speculation

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has admitted that he is aware of transfer speculations around him, it is beyond his contract.

The England shot-stopper is aiming to win promotion to the Premier League with the Baggies this season.

A host of clubs, including West Ham, Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle are reportedly vying for his signature [Express & Star].

Johnstone said that there were talks about him leaving the club in the summer but it didn’t happen.

However, he has admitted that he wants to play in the Premier League.  

“There was a lot of talk in the summer. It (a transfer) just didn’t happen and we are focused on doing our best to get promoted back up this year,” Johnstone said, as quoted by Express and Star.

“That is the only aim. I see the speculation and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s out of my control but I want to be back playing in the Premier League.”

No January move

The 28-year-old impressed for the Baggies in the Premier League, and he has maintained his good form in the Championship as well.

The report from Express and Star claim that the goalkeeper is set to remain with Albion this month, but he is expected to move on in the summer.

Unless there’s a lucrative offer on the table for Johnstone, it seems unlikely that the Baggies will part ways with their star player.

Johnstone has improved his skills this season under Valerian Ismael where he has operated as a sweeper-keeper.

Despite the Baggies playing a high line, Johnstone has kept 11 clean sheets this season (along with Bournemouth’s Mark Travers), more than any other keeper.

West Brom are fourth in the Championship table, seven points behind league leaders Bournemouth.

In other West Brom news, this duo have returned from loan after struggling for game time.