West Bromwich Albion Sam Johnstone has emerged as a transfer target for Newcastle United, according to Calciomercato.
The England stopper was expected to leave the Baggies during the summer but after Euro 2020 he stuck with the Championship outfit.
He has been a mainstay in the team at The Hawthorns this season but is good enough to be playing in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old is approaching the peak of his powers and he’ll want to be playing in the Premier League as soon as possible.
Johnstone has kept nine clean sheets in 19 appearances this season, conceding just 14 goals between the posts for West Brom.
The custodian is currently the third-choice goalkeeper for England behind Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.
He will see his chances of ousting those two as severely restricted whilst he’s operating in the Championship.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is likely to target a goalkeeper during the January transfer window.
Karl Darlow has made some high-profile mistakes, whilst Martin Dubravka hasn’t been at his level best since returning from injury.
As a result, the goalkeeping department will need strengthening and Johnstone is firmly in the sights of Newcastle.
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The experienced stopper has a wealth of football under his belt and he will be desperate to head back to the Premier League as quickly as possible.
West Brom have stuttered in recent weeks, slipping to fourth in the Championship following four winless games.
Johnstone earns around £33,000-a-week at The Hawthorns and will earn considerably more at Newcastle with PIF now overseeing things.
Given his age, the West Brom stopper could be a mainstay in the Newcastle team for several years.
He also has the experience of playing in the Premier League and that could be massive as the Magpies try and stay in the top-flight.