WEST BROMWICH ALBION have signed goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on a four-year deal.
The 25-year-old joins for an initial £6.5m to become the Baggies’ first summer signing.
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.Sam Johnstone
The former Doncaster Rovers loan player is expected to replace Ben Foster with the goalkeeper on the brink of joining Watford.
Johnstone said: “I’m happy to be here. I’ve spoken to a lot of people about the club and heard nothing but good things.
“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.”
Johnstone spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and has also had spells at Scunthorpe, Walsall, Doncaster, Yeovil and Preston.
He did not make an appearance in seven years at Old Trafford after coming through United’s academy.
Newcastle have had a bid for Nice striker Alassane Plea rejected as manager Rafael Benitez attempts to inject firepower into his team.
It is understood that the Magpies have made formal contact with the Ligue 1 club over a man who carries a £27m price tag, but that their initial approach was rebuffed.
In addition, they face competition with West Ham and Premier League new boys Fulham, as well as Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, having been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old.
Sheffield United duo Ben Heneghan and Nathan Thomas have both left Bramall Lane on season-long loans.
Heneghan, 24, has joined Blackpool, whilst Thomas, 23, has penned a deal with Notts County.
“I’m delighted to bring Ben to the club and I’d like to thank Sheffield United, who paid a considerable transfer fee for him,” boss Gary Bowyer said.
“His addition will bring more size and stature in both boxes.”
Adam Nawalka will leave his position as Poland manager following a disappointing World Cup campaign.
Nawalka, whose team were eliminated after losing their opening two games in Russia, will step down at the end of the month after five years in charge.