Premier League club ‘close to signing’ West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone

The England international is on the brink of a return to the Premier League

Crystal Palace are reportedly close to signing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Baggies confirmed last week that Johnstone, along with Andy Carroll and Romaine Sawyers will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

According to the BBC, Crystal Palace are now closing in on the England keeper, who is set to become Patrick Vieira’s first signing of the summer.

A statement from West Brom last week, read: “Three senior players will be leaving The Hawthorns this summer.

“Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will depart having spent four years at the club, making 167 appearances since his arrival in July 2018.

“Midfielder Romaine Sawyers, who spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Stoke City, is leaving Albion. Sawyers made 64 appearances for the Baggies, scoring one goal against Cardiff City in October 2019.

“Striker Andy Carroll will also depart. The 33-year-old arrived in January and went on to make 15 appearances for Albion, scoring three goals.”

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