By Noel Whelan

30th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Would be Amazing' - Exclusive: Whelan wowed as Leeds set reported sights on PL stat leader

Leeds United may sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in 2021 – but they will have to wait until the summer window.

That is according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 27-year-old moving to Elland Road next year.

The Sun report that Leeds and Brighton are keeping tabs on the goalkeeper’s situation at The Hawthorns with a view to signing him in 2021.

Johnstone has been the Baggies standout performer this season, the Englishman has made more saves (66) than any other shot-stopper in the Premier League this term.

He still has 18 months left on his contract at West Brom, having penned a four-year deal upon his arrival in 2018.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on a potential move for Johnstone in 2021, Whelan said: “It would be amazing because he is a smashing player.

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“But I am pretty sure West Brom will be doing everything they can to keep hold of him. He still has a fair bit of time on his contract as well.

“Yes, it would be great but right now I think it’s unlikely. Everything is dependant on us being in the Premier League next season.

“We need to build again on this season. We may strengthen in January, if the right players are available at the right price but I think that bridge will be crossed in the summer time.

“Johnstone is a player you would look at in the summer because if West Brom go down, he will be available. Simple as that.” 

In other news, a senior Leeds United player has been told to leave in January after a big development.