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Exclusive: Carlton Palmer says Southampton moving for Johnstone is a “no-brainer”

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Southampton moving for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone next year is a “no-brainer”, says former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer, who played for both clubs.

According to The Athletic, Johnstone is high on Southampton’s shortlist as they look to bring in a new shot-stopper.

While Alex McCarthy is set to sign a new contract at Mary’s, Fraser Forster is expected to depart next summer when his current deal runs out, making a move for another goalkeeper make sense.

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And Palmer believes Johnstone is exactly the kind of No.1 the Saints should be looking at. He exclusively told TIF:

“Yes, it’s a no-brainer. I think a lot of clubs will be interested in him on a free. I mean, I still don’t understand why he’s not gone.

“If it’s true that they were only asking for 15 million for him, I think at 15 million that’s good business. That’s cheap in today’s market.”

Making the most saves in the Premier League last season (166), it is a surprise that no one really went all out for Johnstone and he remained at The Hawthorns.

Arsenal and West Ham’s loss, both said to have been interested in the 28-year-old, could end up being Southampton’s gain, though. It is definitely one to keep an eye on next summer or perhaps even in the transfer window.

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