England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is set to return to the Premier League with West Brom resigned to letting him go FREE next summer amid interest from West Ham and Southampton.
- Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is out of contract at West Brom at the end of the season
- The championship club is resigned to letting him go out for free next summer
- West Ham and Southampton are among several clubs interested in the ‘goalkeeper
- The move could give a boost to Gareth Southgate’s England team
England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is set to return to the Premier League to give Gareth Southgate a big boost.
The West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season and Sportsmail understands that the championship club is now practically resigned to the prospect of Johnstone leaving with a free transfer before next season.
West Ham and Southampton are among the clubs interested in taking Johnstone in the summer, although several clubs are also ready to explore a move.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is set to return to the Premier League as West Brom will let him go
Johnstone has managed to maintain his place in the England team following the WBA’s relegation to the Championship last season, despite Southgate’s reluctance to select players who are not involved in top-tier football.
Southgate values Johnstone highly and wanted to keep the goalkeeper involved internationally.
With that in mind, the 28-year-old’s return to the top flight will hit Southgate’s ears like music.
A high-level move would provide a boost for Gareth Southgate and goalkeeper England’s chances.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the WBA will allow Johnstone to leave in January given the goalkeeper is on the squad in their quest for an instant return to the Premier League.
A hefty offer approaching £ 10 million could force the Baggies to consider selling him in January, but with a huge injection of cash at stake through the promotion of Johnstone, who remains with the Hawthorns until his contract expires, it is likely to be considered more valuable to the club.
The Baggies could look to extend his contract, but the keeper will be able to earn a lot more elsewhere next season.