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Sam Johnstone agrees to join Crystal Palace on four-year deal - The Athletic

Sam Johnstone has agreed a four-year deal to join Crystal Palace when he becomes a free agent on July 1.Palace made their interest known earlier this month...

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Sam Johnstone has agreed a four-year deal to join Crystal Palace when he becomes a free agent on July 1.

Palace made their interest known earlier this month but negotiations were only resolved last week.

Patrick Vieira's side are due back for pre-season training on June 27, but it remains to be seen whether Johnstone will join in on the first few sessions given he is still technically employed by West Bromwich Albion until June 30.

The England international, who earned the most recent of his three England caps in a World Cup qualifying win over Andorra last October, will become the club’s first signing of the summer.

The 29-year-old began his career at Manchester United and, after a series of loans aimed at gaining first-team experience, moved to The Hawthorns in a £6.5 million deal in the summer of 2018.

He ended up making 167 appearances for West Brom, securing his first senior cap in June 2020, and was the club’s players’ player of the year in their Premier League season of 2020-21. His eye-catching form in a struggling side earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 last year.

West Brom rejected a £10 million bid for his services from West Ham last summer following their relegation back to the Championship, with the player indicating he would not be extending his stay at the club and, instead, intended to leave upon the expiry of his contract on June 30.

He still made 36 starts under Valerien Ismael — with whom he endured a fractious relationship — and Steve Bruce in the second tier, though none since a 3-1 loss to Stoke City in early April.

Tottenham Hotspur had considered securing the Preston-born goalkeeper as a back-up to Hugo Lloris but signed Fraser Forster from Southampton on a free instead.

Johnstone will now compete with Vicente Guaita, 35, at Palace having been earmarked as the Spaniard’s long-term successor.

His arrival will see Jack Butland drop down the pecking order.

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