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Crystal Palace agree signing of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from West Bromwich Albion on free transfer

Crystal Palace agree to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a free transfer – with the England star signing a four-year deal with the Eagles

Crystal Palace have sealed their first summer signing, with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone arriving on a free transfer.

Johnstone’s contract with West Bromwich Albion expires at the end of the month, meaning he could join South London on July 1 for nothing.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Eagles, which will keep him at Selhurst Park until the summer of 2026.

Crystal Palace has struck a deal to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Crystal Palace has struck a deal to sign West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Three-cap England international Johnstone becomes Palace's first signing of the summer

Three-cap England international Johnstone becomes Palace’s first signing of the summer

According to the AthleticPalace announced that they would like to sign him, but only broke through in negotiations last week.

Former Manchester United trainee Johnstone may not participate in the first few sessions after the club’s summer break, which starts on June 27, as he is technically with the Championship side until June 30.

After 10 loans from Old Trafford, he joined West Brom for £6.5m in 2018 and has been the first choice ever since, playing 167 games in all competitions and winning Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year in 2020-21 despite their degradation.

The move means last season's backup Jack Butland (top right) could leave Selhurst Park

The move means last season’s backup Jack Butland (top right) could leave Selhurst Park

The three-cap England international last represented his country against Andorra in October, and after a season in the second tier, he will likely want the chance from mainstream top-flight football to get a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup to win.

West Ham reportedly saw a £10million offer rejected last summer and Tottenham considered signing him for free this summer but eventually took over Fraser Forster from Southampton.

It is believed that Johnstone will want the chance to compete for the first team, and he will likely compete with No. 1 Vicente Guaita, 35 from last season, for a starting spot. The deputy from the last campaign, Jack Butland, has now been allowed to leave the club.

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