They may be threatened by relegation and in turmoil off the pitch, but West Ham United are already planning for next season. Those plans include recruiting a new goalkeeper after Joe Hart’s hugely unimpressive loan spell ends.
According to talkSPORT, the Hammers will return to Manchester only this for United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The 24-year-old is in his second season on loan at Aston Villa, earning widespread praise for a string of impressive performances as the West Midlands club pushes for promotion to the Premier League.
Hart, by contrast, is finding it hard to reproduce the form which made him England’s Number One and won him a Premier League title.
Despite the Hammers paying a significant fee to loan the 30-year-old, under pressure West Ham boss David Moyes is not inclined to activate the ‘right to buy’ option included in the deal.
Having joined Villa on loan last season, Johnstone made 21 appearances last season and keeping eight clean sheets. This time, the England Under-20 goalkeeper already recorded his fifteenth at Hull City this evening.
West Ham took a big step toward saving their Premier League status today with a 3 – 0 win over Southampton that leaves them five points clear of the drop zone.
Remaining in the top flight may make them a more attractive proposition to a goalkeeper already attracting admiring glances from other Premier League clubs.