In accordance with switch insider Fabrizio Romano, Crystal Palace have now reached a ‘full settlement’ to signal West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The Lowdown: Johnstone departs the Hawthorns
The 29-year-old has been an everyday function between the sticks for the Baggies ever since arriving on the Hawthorns again in 2018, however the membership just lately confirmed that the shot-stopper wouldn’t be placing pen to paper on a brand new deal upon the expiration of his contract, which means that he’s now a free agent.
Premier League giants Tottenham and Manchester United, alongside the Eagles, are all thought to have registered curiosity in securing the Preston-born expertise’s companies this summer time, nevertheless it seems as if Patrick Vieira’s aspect have performed sufficient to fend off their robust rivals and make their first summer time signing.
The Newest: Romano confirms Palace deal
Taking to Twitter, Romano confirmed that Johnstone has now agreed a deal to hitch Palace. He wrote:
“Goalkeepers replace. Sam Johnstone has reached full settlement to hitch Crystal Palace on a free switch, deal in place.”
The Verdict: Nice competitors for Guaita
With second-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland prone to be heading for the Selhurst Park exit door, Vieira will need to deliver somebody in who can actually problem Vicente Guaita for that primary jersey, and Johnstone is the right man to just do that.
The three-cap worldwide has received an awesome document in purpose, having stored a complete of 15 clear sheets in simply 36 Championship appearances below Steve Bruce final season, per Transfermarkt, and already has loads of top-flight expertise below his belt, as soon as dubbed ‘top-of-the-line‘ by Sam Allardyce after a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.
On the time of these feedback from ‘Massive Sam’, Johnstone had probably the most saves within the Premier League, so he’d actually performed sufficient to justify that declare.
Might Johnstone be the brand new primary at Palace?
The 6 foot 2 colossus will little question have been determined to make the bounce again as much as the Premier League, and having that standing again in opposition to his title may doubtlessly put him in a stronger place to regain a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad forward of the World Cup.