Manchester United trail West Ham United in the race for Sam Johnstone
While United may already have their No.1 in Dean Henderson, they need to bring in a backup goalkeeper should De Gea leave. One name in the fray is Johnstone, who is a former United youth product.
The 28-year-old came through the ranks at United but failed to make a single senior start for the club. He left United to join the Baggies permanently in 2018 and has since gone from strength to strength.
With just one year left on his current deal, West Brom face a fight on their hands to keep the player at the Hawthorns. Allardyce had earlier claimed that a decision would be taken on the player’s future once the Baggies discover their Premier League fate.
The Red Devils are keen to bring in a Premier League proven goalkeeper to challenge Henderson and Johnstone appears to have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s vote of confidence.
An offer he cannot refuse?
The Norwegian faces competition from West Ham, currently managed by former United manager David Moyes. The Scot worked with Johnstone during his brief spell at United and can also offer him a better role than us.
Johnstone was even called up for the England squad recently. At 28, he is in his prime. Moving to London would not just see him play more but he can also boost his chances of staying involved in the Three Lions setup.
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It was revealed earlier that a major reason for Johnstone leaving United was being forced to play second fiddle to David de Gea. Returning to Old Trafford to reprise the same role, this time behind Henderson, makes little sense for him.
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