By Sam Stone

15th Jun, 2022 | 9:08pm

Crystal Palace close in on signing exit-bound West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Crystal Palace are “closing in” on a deal for Sam Johnstone with the goalkeeper set to leave West Brom when his contract expires at the end of June as revealed by 90min.

90min had claimed on 22 March that former club Manchester United were keen on the 29-year-old,

However, 90min has revealed on Wednesday 15 June that a move to Palace is close to being completed with Johnstone wanting assurances of first-team football.

It is understood that Nottingham Forest were among the clubs keen on signing Johnstone but it seems the East Midlands outfit will miss out with Palace edging near towards a deal.

Needed to depart

Johnstone has been a regular feature at The Hawthorns since the summer of 2018 and with the keeper entering the prime of his career, a Premier League challenge makes sense.

A move to Palace is a sensible decision for the 29-year-old with the keeper standing a better chance of regular first-team football than if he had moved back to Manchester United.

Losing the keeper on a free transfer is a sickener for West Brom after the Daily Mail claimed on 24 May that the Baggies turned down a £10million bid from West Ham in the summer of 2021.

That decision doesn’t seem to have paid off with Johnstone now set to get his Premier League move and the Baggies receiving a grand total of £0.

Johnstone has always been a good keeper and it is hard to begrudge him a Premier League move.

It was made abundantly clear that he was going to depart The Hawthorns after not being selected for the Baggies final Championship matches of the 2021/22 season.

In other West Brom news, local pride has to be set aside in the transfer market to give us a chance of signing this goalscorer who enjoyed a fruitful Championship spell last season.

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