By Gabriel Agbonlahor

30th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit in shock claim amid Leeds swoop for 27-yr-old in form of his life

Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped West Brom to tie goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to a new contract after reported interest from Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed Johnstone will be not tempted to move to Elland Road because Leeds are not a bigger club than the Baggies.

The Sun reported at the weekend the Yorkshire giants and Brighton are both keeping tabs on the 27-year-old as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.

Johnstone has made the most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper this season and is playing the best football of his career.

He made key saves in West Brom’s vital 1-1 draws with Manchester City and Liverpool in December.

Leeds have the second-worst defensive record in the division after scoring five at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

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Asked if the Whites may be tempted to bring in Johnstone to replace the incumbent Illan Meslier, Agbonlahor made the surprise claim that renowned giants Leeds are no more of a pull than West Brom

He told Football Insider: “I don’t see that happening, to be honest.

“He’s doing well at West Brom and I don’t see them letting him leave. I’m sure West Brom will try and tie him down to a new deal.

“I think he will stay at West Brom because he’s enjoying his football there and he’s doing really well.

“Leeds aren’t really a bigger club I wouldn’t say than West Brom or doing that well at the moment.

“Maybe if they go down it might be something Sam Johnstone looks to do but I wouldn’t say so at the moment.”

Johnstone has not missed a league game for WBA since moving from Manchester United in the summer of 2018.

He has kept 26 clean sheets in 110 games across all competitions for the Baggies.

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