Southampton transfer news: Saints could land 'very good signing' for 'knockdown fee'

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Southampton could sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for a knockdown fee in January, according to the Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

Saints have joined the race to sign the England international when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.

What’s the latest news involving Johnstone?

Johnstone has less than 12 months remaining on his West Brom contract, so his future appears to be up in the air at the moment.

He was wanted by West Ham United during the summer, but the Hammers saw a £10million bid pushed back as the Baggies wanted double that fee.

West Ham opted against meeting Albion’s demands and, instead, strengthened their goalkeeping options by signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan which offers the option of being made permanent.

Valerien Ismael, who was appointed as West Brom’s head coach in June, admitted to expecting Johnstone to still find a new club before the deadline passed at the end of August.

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But the 28-year-old remains on the Championship side’s books and, along with Southampton and West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur are keen to acquire Johnstone.

West Brom are hoping to fend off interest and have entered discussions over a new deal as they want to keep Johnstone at the Hawthorns.

What has Tom Barclay said about Johnstone?

Barclay has confirmed that Johnstone is in talks with his current employers over a new deal.

But, with the shot-stopper’s contract nearing its expiry, Barclay believes Southampton could sign Johnstone for a fraction of his value.

He also feels Johnstone would prove to be a shrewd signing by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “West Brom are trying to get him to sign a new contract. But if he doesn’t sign that, he should be available for a knockdown fee in January or for free in the summer, albeit I’m sure there will be competition.

“Overall, he would be a very good signing.”

Why are Southampton interested in signing Johnstone?

Hasenhuttl currently has three goalkeepers – in the form of Alex McCarthy, Fraser Forster and Harry Lewis – at his disposal.

McCarthy has been Hasenhuttl’s first choice shot-stopper this term, with him playing every minute of the Premier League season so far.

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However, the 31-year-old’s contract is set to expire next summer and Saints have yet to enter talks over a fresh agreement.

Forster and Lewis will also see their current deals run out next summer so, as it stands, none of Saints’ goalkeepers will remain at St Mary’s beyond the end of the season.

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