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SWN view: Club signing £7m Baggies player could clear path for Owls to net Christian Walton

According to The Sun, Brighton and Hove Albion are keen on West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in a potential deal which could benefit Sheffield Wednesday.

The Baggies shot-stopper is out of contract in the summer of 2022.

With 18 months left on his deal, The Sun claim West Brom could face a dilemma next month if they find themselves cut adrift from Premier League safety.

The editorial adds that both Leeds United and Brighton are keen, while West Brom may only be able to net around £7 million for the former Manchester United man.

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Brighton have Mat Ryan, Robert Sanchez and Jason Steele for goalkeeper choices. Adding another will surely signal the end of Christian Walton’s time at the Amex Stadium.

Walton, who spent the past couple of seasons on loan in the Championship with Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, is fourth choice at Brighton and seemingly available.

According to Football Insider in October, Wednesday are keen on him taking him in January and they have been keeping tabs on his situation in recent weeks.

Sussex Live, meanwhile, claimed this month that Walton could be among those to leave the club in January as the 6ft 5inch goalkeeper is out of contract next summer.

Wednesday may not get a better chance to strike a deal for him.

The Owls have three able goalkeepers of their own in Keiren Westwood, Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith, yet each have suffered disappointments of late.

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Westwood, who was exiled by former boss Garry Monk, is back in the fold under Tony Pulis. However, at 36 and with an expiring contract, he isn’t a long-term solution.

Dawson, meanwhile, is out injured for the next six to eight weeks while Wildsmith has struggled for form of late and ultimately lost his first-team spot to Westwood.

Walton could prove to be Wednesday’s best option for the foreseeable future.

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