West Ham should sign Sam Johnstone this summer – and make him their new number one.
That’s according to former Sunderland hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about West Ham’s summer business.
ESPN claim Manchester United have joined West Ham and Tottenham in the hunt for Johnstone, 28, after an impressive season.
West Brom signed Johnstone from Man United in 2018 and has established himself as a key player during his time at The Hawthorns.
Johnstone was called up to the England squad for the first time earlier this season but he hasn’t been able to improve Albion’s survival chances.
Fabianski, 36, signed a one-year contract extension earlier this season, keeping him at the club until next summer.
When asked if Johnstone would be an upgrade on Fabianski, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “Yeah, he is.
“Fabianski has been a fantastic goalkeeper but next season West Ham need to get a younger player in.
“It would be a great move for Johnstone, a good move for the club. It’s a natural transition to bring a younger player in.
“Someone you know can perform in the Premier League going to a club that is moving in the right direction.”
In December, Sam Allardyce hailed Johnstone as ‘one of the best’ after West Brom drew with Liverpool. [TalkSPORT]
The goalkeeper has only missed one Premier League game for Albion this season.