Sam Johnstone wants Premier League return amid West Ham interest
West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has admitted that he wants to return to the Premier League next season, amid reported interest from West Ham.
According to Express and Star, the keeper is eager to help the Baggies get to the Premier League this season.
“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.”
Johnstone has a contract at the Hawthorns till the end of the season, and he will be a free agent in the summer.
The West Midlands club could cash in on him this month, but it seems the player is focussed on staying at West Brom this month.
Johnstone, who was hailed by Gary Lineker as “unbelievable“, has been superb this season for the Baggies, managing 11 clean sheets so far.
Under Valerien Ismael, the Baggies have played a high-line defence, where Johnstone has played as a sweeper-keeper.
He would be a very good signing for the Hammers but the immediate priorities lie elsewhere.
The Hammers need to sign a quality striker who can provide strong competition for Michail Antonio while adding another centre-back should also be a priority.
West Ham could face strong competition for Johnstone, with Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle [Express and Star] all having been linked.