With West Brom eyeing Sam Johnstone, is Ben Foster's place finally under threat?

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2017 in West...

Ben Foster has been the first name on the team-sheet at West Bromwich Albion for years...but not if Sam Johnstone arrives from Manchester United.

Ben Foster of West Brom in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at Wembley Stadium on November 25, 2017 in London, England.

Ben Foster has been pretty much an ever-present for West Bromwich Albion since joining from Manchester United back in 2011/12.

Alan Pardew is the sixth manager at the helm since Foster arrived at The Hawthorns but, while each coach has brought with him his own style of play and tactical system, they are all united in picking the former England goalkeeper week-in-week out.

But after six years as the club’s undisputed number one, is Foster finally about to face more daunting competition than the perennial understudy Boaz Myhill?

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal past Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at...

According to The Mirror, West Brom are keen to land Sam Johnstone from Manchester United in January in a £5million deal and are prepared to go head-to-head with Premier League rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

24-year-old Johnstone is currently starring on loan at West Brom’s Midland rivals Aston Villa, his virtuoso performances ensuring Steve Bruce’s side will go into the Christmas schedule in promotion contention

The report adds that Villa want to keep Johnstone on a permanent basis but, thanks to Financial Fair Play, will be unable to match West Brom’s £5million offer.

Villa keeper Sam Johnstone in action  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

And, in even more intriguing news, The Mirror claimed earlier this week that the agent of Porto goalkeeper and Spain legend Iker Casillas has contacted The Baggies over a potential move to England for the veteran stopper.

If West Brom complete one of these exciting deals in January, Foster’s place will no longer be looking so secure.

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