Report: Club decide to reduce player's asking price by £8m, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham are all keen
The Athletic claim that West Bromwich Albion have chosen to reduce Sam Johnstone’s asking price by £8million. It means that interested clubs, including Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham, will now only have to pay £12million for Johnstone. West Ham have made an offer, but it is believed to be £6million.
Johnstone, 28, was a rare shining light in West Brom’s side last season. The one-time England international saw his goal peppered throughout the season as West Brom were eventually relegated. But the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper was excellent – earning himself an England cap.
The Express & Star said last week that Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are all keen on signing Johnstone – but would have to pay £20million. Now, a new report from The Athletic says that West Brom have now reduced that to £12million in order to bring in some cash for one of their prized assets.
£12m for Johnstone is much better value for Arsenal
Tottenham no longer need a goalkeeper as they close in on the loan-to-buy signing of Pierliugi Gollini from Atalanta. But other reports say Arsenal are ready to spend a huge £30million to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United. However, surely that is a massive waste?
Given that Johnstone and Ramsdale are on a similar playing field, saving £18million to spend elsewhere has got to convince Arsenal to go after Johnstone instead. West Ham need a goalkeeper too, but the chance to move to a club the size of Arsenal is going to be difficult to ignore.