West Ham are in the hunt to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Hammers are eyeing up a £4million move for Johnstone, 25, in the summer transfer window after hitting the best form of his career during his season-and-a-half temporary stay at Villa Park.
Since moving to the Midlands giants on loan last January, Johnstone has made 60 appearances in all competitions and kept 23 clean sheets.
He is due to return to Premier League heavyweights Man United at the end of the campaign after a clause in his contract triggered an extra year to be added to his deal.
It was understood he earns £25,000-a-week in his deal at Old Trafford.
Football Insider verdict
Johnstone is playing below his level in the Championship and is definitely good enough to play for a team like West Ham. David Moyes must go out and get a new shot-stopper in the summer when Joe Hart’s loan deal ends. Having Johnstone and Adrian in goals would be a good pairing for the 2018/19 campaign but there are still other issues in the squad. Moyes needs to be backed financially otherwise the Hammers will really struggle next season – provided they avoid the drop to the Championship in the coming weeks. David Gold and David Sullivan need to pull their fingers out because the London club is in complete disarray at the moment.
In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to make a £15million swoop for this goal machine from a fourth-placed club.