Johnstone is expected to leave The Hawthorns before the end of the transfer window following West Brom’s relegation to the Championship, with manager Valerien Ismael admitting earlier this week that he is resigned to losing the player.
West Ham are one side credited with an interest in signing the 28-year-old. In fact, according to a Football Insider report last month, the Hammers are leading the race for his signature after leapfrogging London rivals Tottenham.
Will Johnstone leave West Brom for West Ham?
And Hatfield believes it is a move that would simply add up. He told TIF:
“I think West Ham are one side who have been linked pretty regularly with Johnstone. It makes sense there because Lukasz Fabianski isn’t getting any younger and Johnstone’s an England goalkeeper now.
“To maintain his place in the England squad, he’ll want to be playing in the Premier League. It’s as simple as that.”
With Hugo Lloris now 34 and some reports suggesting that Tottenham have concerns about the France international, it probably would not be a shock to see them go in hard for Johnstone either.
Ultimately, if he is to leave West Brom this summer, it looks like the England international will have options.