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Sam Johnstone pictured in a West Brom shirt for the first time as Albion continue pre-season training

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 13/07/2018 Joseph Chapman

This is the first sighting West Brom fans will see of Darren Moore’s maiden signing Sam Johnstone in a Baggies (albeit training) top.

Johnstone, who missed the 3-0 win over Barnet last Saturday, has joined up with the squad in Scotland as the club’s pre-season preparations continue.

The video, from Albion’s official Twitter account, shows Johnstone being strenuously put through his paces in order to test his fitness levels and sharpness.

Working closely with current number two Alex Palmer - who played the first hour of Albion’s pre-season opener at the Hive - and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, Johnstone looked in good shape ahead of the next scheduled friendly this weekend at Swindon Town.

Johnstone, 25, signed a four-year deal at The Hawthorns after completing the move from Manchester United at the beginning of this month and will replace Ben Foster between the sticks, after his own move to Watford.

Former Red Devil Johnstone had spent the previous 18 months down the road at Aston Villa, playing a part in their ultimately fruitless play-off campaign last season.

You can check out Albion’s video of Johnstone in action below.

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Kyle's aim

West Brom forward Kyle Edwards is enjoying the opportunity to show Darren Moore what he can do ahead of the new season.

The 20-year-old from Dudley had a great game last weekend after coming on and scoring against Barnet and is looking to continue the form as the pre-season continues.

Last season he spent the season on loan at Exeter City but is now looking to become a part of the Baggies Championship squad for the new campaign.

Speaking to the club's official site, he said: “It’s good to be away with the first team.

“We’ve been doing a lot of ball work and running in order to get sharp for the season.

“I need to show the difference between the player I was before going out on loan and the player I am now.

“The gaffer knows what I can do because I have worked with him before at U23 level.

“My target is to be around the first-team squad. If I can become a regular then that would be a plus.”

West Brom are considering a move for Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson, it’s being claimed in the defender’s native Sweden.

Jansson has been at Leeds for the past two years, arriving initially on loan from Serie A side Torino, and he has impressed during his time at Elland Road.

The towering centre-back did enough in the last campaign to earn a place in Sweden’s World Cup squad, and he played in their victory over South Korea in the group stages but also came off of the bench in their quarter final defeat to England over the weekend.

Now Expressen report that Albion - who are closing in on Jansson’s former centre-back partner Kyle Bartley - are weighing up a move for the defender in order to reunite the pair.

They add that an offer in the region of £10m would be enough to tempt the Whites to part with the Swede.

Jansson, 27, has previously expressed his desire to remain in England if he were to leave Leeds. He currently has four years left to run on his contract in Yorkshire.

With Jonny Evans sold and Gareth McAuley released, Albion are in the market for more competition in the heart of the defence.

Craig Dawson has expressed his desire to leave and return to the Premier League, amid strong interest and a previously rejected bid from Burnley, and Ahmed Hegazi is understood to have a release clause inserted into his contract.

a man throwing a ball © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

A return for Roofe?

West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Kemar Roofe from Leeds United, according to reports.

Roofe was Leeds' top goalscorer last season with 14 goals in 39 appearances and is expected to attract interest this summer.

The Baggies are among the clubs keeping tabs on his situation and want to bring the attacker back to The Hawthorns, according to Football Insider.

Roofe started his career at Albion, progressing through the academy before he joined Oxford in 2015 after several spells out on loan.

Kemar Roofe playing a game of football © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

Baggies boss Darren Moore has so far added goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to his squad from Manchester United as a replacement for Ben Foster who then signed for Watford.

Moore is targeting further additions in the weeks ahead as the opening game of the Championship season draws nearer.

But Albion could face competition from Sheffield United, who are also admirers of Roofe.

It is reported that both clubs are lining up bids for the 25-year-old who has two years remaining on his contract at Elland Road.

Roofe joined Oxford on a permanent deal in 2015 after an impressive loan stint there and was named League Two player of the year before Leeds swooped in 2016.

He has scored 17 goals in 87 appearances for the Elland Road club in all competitions.

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