Report: Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham told to pay £20m to sign Englishman
Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham have all been linked with a move to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this week. Part of the England Euro 2020 side, Johnstone has enjoyed a brilliant 12 months despite relegation. Now, The Express & Star claim the trio must pay £20million for Johnstone.
Johnstone, 28, conceded a whopping 74 goals in 37 Premier League games last season but he was excellent for the Baggies. Making save after save, he has caught the eye of three Premier League clubs – in the form of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham. The Athletic say West Ham have made a bid.
The report claims West Ham have made an offer but it has been rejected for the ex-Manchester United star. Arsenal have opened talks, making an enquiry to sign Johnstone. Tottenham are also keen but they may be put off when finding out that Johnstone’s price tag is £20million.
Which team needs Johnstone most – Arsenal, Tottenham or West Ham? Is he worth £20m?
Arsenal need a replacement for Mat Ryan. The Aussie has joined Real Sociedad to be first choice, and they need another second-choice option. But Johnstone is hardly going to want to sit on the bench – and Arsenal will not want to pay so much for back-up. Tottenham and West Ham need him.
West Ham have Lukasz Fabianski between the sticks but with the Europa League on the horizon, the work load could prove too much for the 36-year-old. Tottenham need to replace Lloris. But is he worth £20million to any of the clubs? No, but a fee between £12million and £15million is fair.
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