Report: West Brom considering move for Manchester United's Sam Johnstone

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Brom are reportedly ready to challenge Leicester City and Huddersfield Town for Red Devil Sam Johnstone.

It is easy to forget just how reliable a goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is. Because the Welsh international has barely had a look in during his seven seasons at The Hawthorns.

Though that is more down to the form of Ben Foster rather than a reflection of his own abilities. In the former Manchester United prospect, The Baggies have one of the top flight’s most long-serving and reliable shot-stoppers.

West Bromwich Albion's Ben FosterWest Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster had another excellent season in 2016/17

And though he is no spring chicken at the age of 34, the experienced Foster appears to be at the peak of his powers.

Therefore, reports in The Mirror that West Brom are challenging Premier League rivals Huddersfield Town and Leicester City, as well as Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, for the signature of Sam Johnstone is something of a surprise.

Johnstone looks set to follow in Foster’s footsteps and leave Old Trafford due to a lack of first-team opportunities. And, according to The Sun, United could let the 24-year-old leave for as little as £2.5 million.

Considering how impressive his performances were on loan at Villa in the second half of the Championship season, conceding one goal in eight games between February and April, that fee could make Johnstone one of the bargains of the summer.

Whether West Brom is the right move at the right time, however, remains to be seen. Johnstone has had nine loan spells away from Old Trafford in the last six years and, at the age of 24, needs to now stake his place for regular minutes in a settled environment.

Aston Villa's Sam Johnstone

At The Hawthorns, however, he would face a major challenge ousting Foster from Tony Pulis’s starting XI.

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