By Pranav Shahaney

1st Dec, 2021 | 5:30pm

West Ham firm favourites to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in summer

West Ham are now in pole position to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to ExWHUemployee.

In a report in the West Ham Way, he claimed that the 28-year-old is set to leave the Championship club when his deal expires at the end of the season.

The Baggies are already preparing for the England international’s exit in the summer and are looking for someone to replace him as their number one.

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The Hammers are certainly going to need a new keeper very soon, if not this summer then definitely in 2023.

Darren Randolph, 34, is set to leave at the end of the season while Lukasz Fabianski, 36, is also in the final year of his deal.

Add to that, Alphonse Areola, 28, is still on a loan at the London Stadium and no decision appears to have been made as to his permanent signing.

It could be that David Moyes changed his stance on the goalkeeper and he will not exercise the club’s option to buy at the end of the season.

Johnstone, who has been labelled “magnificent” by Sam Allardyce last season [talkSPORT], has been a target for the Hammers since this summer and he’s understood to be rated highly by the hierarchy.

He could compete for the number one jersey or maybe even be the first-choice from minute one should he sign for West Ham.

It remains to be seen how this transpires.

In other West Ham news, the club are set to make a ‘Concrete’ bid to complete a major January signing

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