Danny Mills has suggested West Brom’s Premier League survival will have a big impact on Leeds United potentially signing goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender insisted manager Sam Allardyce will not let the 28-year-old leave in January.
The Sun reported last month the Yorkshire giants and Brighton are both monitoring Johnstone’s situation as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.
The Englishman is one of only a few members of West Brom’s squad to emerge with any credit this season as they languish second from bottom and six points from safety.
He put in impressive displays in their 1-1 draws away at Manchester City and Liverpool in December including making a crucial late stop at Anfield that denied the Premier League champions three points.
Johnstone has made 74 saves in the Premier League this season, more than any other top-flight keeper, according to the Premier League’s website.
And Mills has suggested Leeds could only pull off a deal if the Baggies suffer relegation this season.
“West Brom are not going to let him go, simple as that,” Mills told Football Insider.
“That’s one for the end of the season. Sam Allardyce is not going to let any of his players go. He needs players, he needs quality and we’ve seen he’s a real quality goalkeeper.
“We saw that against Liverpool with the save that he made right at the end.
“There is not a chance that big Sam is going to let him go.
“If they stay up they’re definitely not letting him go either.”
Johnstone has not missed a league game for West Brom since his move from Manchester Untied in 2018.