Johnstone ‘wants Premier League football’ amid West Ham links

West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has revealed his desire to be back in the Premier League amidst links with West Ham.

Johnstone impressed in the top flight last season but was unable to prevent the Baggies’ relegation.

He was named as the club’s player of the year for 2020/21, prompting interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and the Hammers.

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Despite interest last summer – and West Brom boss Valerien Ismael admitting he ‘expected’ the goalkeeper to leave – Johnstone stayed at the Hawthorns.

The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and it is unlikely that he will extend his stay at the promotion hopefuls.

Johnstone is set to remain at West Brom this month but has expressed his desire to return to the Premier League.

“There was a lot of talk in the summer. It (a transfer) just didn’t happen and we are focused on doing our best to get promoted back up this year. That is the only aim,” Johnstone said (quotes via the Express and Star).

“I see the speculation and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s out of my control but I want to be back playing in the Premier League.”

The Mirror (via West Ham Zone) claim that West Ham are keen on signing the shot-stopper this month, despite Albion’s desire to keep hold of the player until the end of the season.

The Irons will likely be willing to wait until the summer to get their man due to the fact they have Alphonse Areola – who is second choice to Lukasz Fabianski – on loan until then.

David Moyes is prioritising signing a new striker and central defender this month.

Michail Antonio is the London club’s only out-and-out No. 9 in the first team, meaning an injury to the Jamaica international could leave the Hammers extremely short up front.

A new centre-back is also a priority with Angelo Ogbonna out injured for the rest of the season.

West Ham have been linked with Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, but are facing stiff competition from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, as per Tutto Mercato Web.

The Hammers were heavily linked with the Serbian last summer but a deal failed to materialise.

He signed a new deal – albeit only lasting until 2023 – following a transfer window full of rumours.

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