West Bromwich Albion is interested in acquiring the services of Max Johnston, a highly-sought after 19-year-old talented footballer from Motherwell. The Baggies recently scouted him over the weekend, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
What’s new on the Johnston transfer to West Brom?
As an upcoming right-back, Johnston can also play as a right-midfielder or central midfielder. He is out of contract at the end of the season and shares the same agency as West Brom’s winger Matt Phillips.
Valued at €25,000 (£22k) by Transfermarkt just recently, Johnston’s career-high value has risen to €400,000 (£351k) in recent years. Having spent the last few seasons on loan with Queen of the South and Cove Rangers, Johnston has received a chance to shine at Fir Park during the current campaign. Thus far, he has made 13 appearances in all competitions, contributing to three goals.
According to The Scottish Sun, West Brom was one of four Championship clubs that sent officials to scout Johnston in a 3-1 win for Motherwell against Hibernian. Blackburn Rovers, Luton Town and Norwich City also sent scouts to The Scottish Sun said that Johnston is becoming increasingly unlikely to sign a new contract with Motherwell.
Could this be the next transfer move for West Brom?
Given his contract situation, signing the teenager in a cut-price deal could prove to be a wise option for the Baggies, especially after impressing for Motherwell and even scoring on his Scotland U21 debut earlier in the season.
Despite receiving checks from Cardiff City back in February, Johnston seemed to have plenty of interest from several Championship clubs. Should he arrive at The Hawthorns, he could challenge the likes of Darnell Furlong and Taylor Gardner-Hickman on the right-hand side under Carlos Corberan.
Although it is still uncertain which division they will be competing in next season, with the Baggies still having a slim chance of making it to the play-offs, it is clear that the club’s plans are already in motion ahead of what could be a crucial summer for the team either way.