Leeds United look to keeper Sam Johnstone for just £7m as Meslier replacement

Leeds United will look to West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as they look to replace No.1 Illan Meslier.

The Whites conceded the most goals in the Premier League at 30 goals when the full-time whistle went on their 1-0 win over Burnley.

Those strikes against Marcelo Bielsa’s side have all gone through the hands of Meslier, who has been the man between the posts throughout the season at Elland Road – but looked suspect against the Clarets.

And The Sun have reported that Leeds are already looking into an alternative for their French shot-stopper at the Hawthornes.

Johnstone, who has also played all of West Brom’s league games this season, has made the most saves in the division this year.

But the Englishman is giving new manager Sam Allardyce a problem as his contract is up in 18 months, which will make him a free agent.

If the former West Ham manager cannot keep the Baggies in the top-flight, it would put the club in a tenuous position as he would be a big earner that could leave for nothing.

The summer transfer window would be the last opportunity for the club to get a good fee for Johnstone, which might reach a maximum of £7million.

West Brom’s shot-stopper started his career at Manchester United, joining the academy in 2009 before being made a professional player two years later.

But a senior appearances for the Red Devils never game in seven seasons, with the goalkeeper being sent to seven different clubs on loan.

And the 27-year-old decided enough was enough in 2018, making the permanent move to the Hawthornes for £6.5million.

After helping his side to the Premier League, the Englishman has made 63 saves ahead of kick-off against Premier League champions Liverpool.

His form has seen Leeds and Brighton keep tabs on the goalkeeper amid his contract situation.

It comes as fans of Johnstone’s former club United have made a decision about David de Gea, the man who has stayed between the posts since 2011 at Old Trafford.

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