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West Ham identify £20m English star as a summer target

West Ham United are eyeing a deal for West Bromwich Albion’s Sam Johnstone. The English goalkeeper has one year left on his current contract, which will expire in the summer of 2022. However, the Hammers can expect competition for the 28-year-old.

Watford are another Premier League club that are after him. The one hurdle in the deal is said to be Johnstone’s £20million valuation by the Baggies. That is a price West Ham United are looking to reduce, with West Brom already being relegated to the Championship next season. But this is one transfer that makes sense and should be pursued by West Ham.

West Ham United are in need of a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski. The Polish goalkeeper was impressive this year for the Londoners. That even earned him a one-year extension at the club, which means that his contract now runs out next summer instead of this year. But he is in the dusk of his career.

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Fabianski will be 37 by the time he sees out his deal, and David Moyes would want a long-term replacement for him – something that the report cites as well. It is highly unlikely that 34-year-old Darren Randolph can become Fabianski’s long-term replacement.

The Irishman played just 3 league games this season and is 34 years old himself. In such a scenario, West Ham should go for a goalkeeper like Sam Johnstone. And that is not without reason. He has impressed this season.

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