Crystal Palace confirm signing of Sam Johnstone

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a free transfer.

An England international, Johnstone left The Hawthorns this summer and had attracted interest from across the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Tottenham keen to offer a backup role to the 29-year-old.

However, he instead opted to join Palace, where he will compete for the starting goalkeeper spot with Vicente Guaita.

“I’m really excited to be here at Crystal Palace," Johnstone said upon signing a four-year contract at Selhurst Park.

"It’s a great club with fantastic facilities and brilliant supporters – I can’t wait to get started.”

Chairman Steve Parish added: “Sam is a player that we have admired for some time, and we are extremely pleased to welcome him to Crystal Palace. His extensive experience at club and international level, alongside his outstanding ability, will add even greater depth to our goalkeeping unit.”

Johnstone becomes Palace's second signing of the summer, following on from the acquisition of young forward Malcolm Ebiowei from Derby.

Source : 90min