Handover news: Sam Johnstone wanted by West Ham and Southampton on free transfer

West Ham and Southampton want until sign England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a free transfer from West Brom next summer.

johnson- currently part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino – sees his contract with the Hawthorns expire at the end of The season.

For both Premier League club, agree terms with the player, who started for England against Andorra last month, was not expected to be a problem. From January he will be allowed to speak to foreign clubs.

West Ham had a bid of £6 million for Johnstone rejected last summer and signed Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola on loan for The season instead, although ex-Poland’keeper Lukasz Fabianski stayed first choise.

Alex McCarthy remains No1 at St Mary’s, meanwhile, with Fraser Forster his deputy despite recent loan moves away.

Johnstone has kept seven clean sheets for West Brom so far this term.

West Brom boss Valerie Ishmael said: last week that the club will take off up talk with Johnstone in to try it over to get to sign An new contract like them chase Promotion back to the premier league.

He said: “From January we will start to go more intensive in the discussion, but right now we are all focused on the field and the performances.

“We know what should we do to give ourselves good position for the negotiation with it. It is a patient game now, like a chess game. He wants to see. In front of sure, we want renew and at this point I’m not worried, it’s a normal process.

“If your contract is up you have the choice and I fully understand the situation. My job is to make sure that is West Brom in An great position and that West Brom is right club for it.

“I have often spoken with him, not only over the contract situation, but also over the national team, as regards games, build-up, and how we can improve.”

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