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West Brom want a brilliant 23-year-old talent to replace the star

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West Bromwich Albion want Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter to replace potentially Tottenham-bound Sam Johnstone, as reported by TEAMtalk.

You won’t find many England internationals plying their trade in the Championship.

So on paper, Johnstone will not be an easy man to replace as Baggies boss Steve Bruce confirmed the 29-year-old goalkeeper will depart when his contract expires in July (Birmingham Mail).

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Corresponding The sun, Tottenham are confident of completing a deal that will see Johnstone rival Hugo Lloris in the next term under Antonio Conte.

However, avid West Brom watchers will tell you that Johnstone’s form this season is nowhere near as impressive as last. One of the Premier League’s standout goalkeepers of the 2020/21 season, mistakes crept into Johnstone’s game during West Brom’s worst league campaign since the turn of the century.

And according to TEAMtalk, the Midland giants have identified one of the most talented young shotstoppers in all of the EFL as Johnstone’s replacement.

Johnstone out, Baxter in?

Baxter, a 23-year-old who is still at Chelsea, shone on loan at Accrington last season and has maintained his rapid development at Hull City. Replacing Johnstone at the Hawthorns would be the biggest test of Baxter’s young career, but he has the talent and character to prove himself.

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The London-born goalkeeper hasn’t given up hope of a future at Stamford Bridge. However, earlier in the season he admitted he would be “open” to leaving the reigning European champions for a club willing to give him regular first-team football.

“I still have ambitions to play for Chelsea” Baxter explained. “It’s been my dream since I was seven when I joined the club.

“If and when that decision is made, I’m obviously (leaving permanently) something I’m open to.”

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In other news, Gerrard takes a close look at the Aston Villa gem he’s “really excited about”.

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Brian Ashcraft

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