Rangers are keen to snap up former Man United and current West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a pre-contract deal, according to TEAMtalk.

Johnstone is the no.1 keeper at the Hawthorns and is involved in the England setup, but is said to be keen on a move.

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His contract is up at the end of the season and he’s so far rejected the Baggies’ attempts to get him to sign an extension.

It’s said that he’s keen on returning to the Premier League and several English top-flight clubs are credited with interest, including Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle, with West Brom open to bids next month.


TEAMtalk also assert that the Gers are monitoring his situation, though, and may well offer him a pre-contract deal in January.

The Telegraph reports that West Ham are currently leading the race to sign Johnstone, who has already represented nine clubs in his career including United, Aston Villa and Preston North End.

Johnstone’s former Villa teammate, Micah Richards, called him a ‘wonderful professional’ following the keeper’s maiden England call-up in March [Daily Mail].

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Is Johnstone to Rangers realistic?

It makes sense that Rangers would be looking around for goalkeepers in advance of next season because Allan McGregor is likely to retire in the summer and Jon McLaughlin’s current deal is running down.

Robby McCrorie is contracted until 2023 and he impressed when thrust into the side against Alashkert and Celtic in August, but it’s unclear whether or not Rangers consider him ready to be Ibrox no.1.

At 28, Johnstone is probably moving into his peak years as a goalkeeper and he’s kept an impressive eleven clean sheets in 22 Championship appearances so far this season.

However, it seems highly unlikely that he’d move to Ibrox if the interest from the Premier League clubs is genuine.

Playing in the English top-flight would certainly help his international ambitions and while he’s less likely to be able to compete for silverware with the other clubs mentioned here, it would be a major surprise if signed a pre-contract with the Gers next month.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers player has hilariously roasted Celtic on Twitter following their shock slip-up at St Mirren.

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