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Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone signs for West Brom

Ben Foster could be on his way to Watford following the arrival of Johnstone

 during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.
Image: Sam Johnstone made 48 appearances for Aston Villa during his loan spell last term

West Bromich Albion have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for a fee believed to be in the region of £5m.

The 25-year-old, who has not made a senior appearance for United, has signed a four-year deal at The Hawthorns.

Johnstone played 48 times last season whilst on loan at Aston Villa, a campaign which ended with defeat in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

He said: "I'm happy to be here. I've spoken to a lot of people about the club and heard nothing but good things.

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"It's good to get through the door. I've played Championship games and won a promotion from League One with Preston but always seemed to end back at Manchester United or going somewhere else.

"Now it's time to settle down and take my game up to the next level which I believe I can do here."

Meanwhile, Albion's current No 1 Ben Foster is thought to be keen on a move to Watford, where he spent two seasons on loan and helped them win promotion to the Premier League in 2006.

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He refused to travel with the rest of the team on their pre-season training camp in Portugal last week.

It's also understood Manchester United are close to signing Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant as a replacement for Johnstone. Sky Sports News reported the 35-year-old will undergo a medical this week ahead of his move to Old Trafford.

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