Newcastle United are keen on making a move for Sam Johnstone, whose contract at West Bromwich Albion expires at the end of the current season.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are keen to make a move for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The English shot-stopper has been a solid presence in goal for the Baggies in the last few seasons. His performances have earned him three caps for the England national team so far. Johnstone’s contract at The Hawthorns is set to expire in the summer, meaning the Magpies could land him on a free transfer.

At 28, Johnstone is in the prime of his career and could be considered too good for the English second flight. He impressed in the Premier League with West Brom in the 2020-21 season and has since continued to perform admirably.

The Baggies currently sit mid-table in the English second division and are some way off challenging for promotion this season. Having already proven his worth over the years, it makes little sense for Johnstone to stick around. He has no shortage of admirers, and a move to a bigger team could be on the cards.

Sam Johnstone is a former Manchester United youth product. (Photo courtesy - Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Sam Johnstone is a former Manchester United youth product. (Photo courtesy – Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With their newfound wealth, Newcastle are well-placed to challenge the established order in English football. The Magpies showed that they were willing to splash the cash to aid their cause in the January transfer window. Eddie Howe’s side has done well in recent weeks, putting some breathing space between themselves and the bottom three.

While it is still not assured, Newcastle look likely to stay up and appear to be planning for the future. While some big-money signings may be coming in, the Magpies will also need to act smart in the transfer window. Securing Johnstone for free will ensure that money is available to be spent elsewhere.

The 28-year-old is already a proven Premier League player and will not be short of ambition to seize his opportunity. He is an excellent replacement for Martin Dubravka, who is currently in the final phase of his career.

Johnstone is not the only goalkeeper on Newcastle’s radar. Chelsea ace Kepa Arrizabalaga and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson are also in their sights ahead of the summer transfer window. Kepa has flattered to deceive in England, while Henderson has predominantly spent the last two seasons on the bench at Old Trafford.

While the duo does have more pedigree, Newcastle could make the wise transfer by landing Johnstone. After all, he is more likely to seize his chance and ensure that a shot at the big time does not pass him by.

A former Manchester United youth product, Johnstone never got the opportunity to don the red jersey at the senior level. At 28, he could yet carve a niche for himself at the top level, this time in the black and white of Newcastle.

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