By Saikat Mandal

11th Oct, 2021 | 11:15am

View: West Ham must sign Sam Johnstone in January

West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Sam Johnstone, and they must make his singing a priority after his latest performance for England.

According to a recent report from The Sun, the Hammers are still interested in signing the 28-year-old goalkeeper.

Johnstone has a contract at the Hawthorns till the end of the season, and several clubs including Tottenham and Southampton are vying for his signature.

The Baggies goalkeeper impressed during England’s 5-0 win over Andorra in their World Cup Qualifier on Saturday.

In the build-up to the fifth goal, scored by Jack Grealish, Johnston played out a brilliant pass to him, in the process bagged an assist to his name.

Although it was one-sided domination, he did make a diving save when an Andorran shot was fired at him towards the end.

Priority signing

Lukasz Fabianski is out of contract in the summer while Darren Randolph is also expected to leave the club.

The Hammers signed Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, and they will look to make his deal a permanent one. Still, signing a goalkeeper is necessary.

The Athletic previously claimed West Ham were prepared to pay around £10million for the goalkeeper.

Johnstone is an experienced keeper and he would be a great replacement for Fabianski in the long run. His quick thinking and execution in the build-up to Grealish’s goal was the most notable part.

While the Hammers can sign him next summer on a free transfer, the competition for him will be high especially if Spurs and Villa make a serious attempt for his signature.

In other West Ham news, a former starlet reveals why he left the London Stadium.