Report: West Ham ready Sam Johnstone transfer bid
West Ham United are ready to make a bid for Sam Johnstone as they look to sign the West Brom goalkeeper during the summer transfer window, according to the Express and Star.
Johnstone is attracting a lot of attention after a superb campaign in the Premier League. He was a real shining light as the Baggies were relegated.
No goalkeeper made more saves than the 28-year-old in the top flight this past season.
And it now seems that two sides are ready to test the Baggies’ resolve to keep him.
The Express and Star reports that both West Ham and Watford are ready to make bids for Johnstone.
It is claimed however, that neither are planning to meet West Brom’s £20 million asking price. It is suggested that that price is deemed to be too steep when Johnstone’s contract expires next summer.
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West Brom find themselves in a difficult position. They will be wary of losing him on a free transfer next summer, particularly when his stock is so high.
He has been included in the England squad for Euro 2020.
Having said that, it could surely be worthwhile to hold out for the full asking price.
Keeping him may be more beneficial ahead of their return to the Championship than cashing in this summer.
Helping them get promoted would potentially be more valuable than receiving £20 million.
And should they return to the top flight at the first attempt, perhaps they could yet convince Johnstone to sign a new deal.
It would be a huge coup for West Ham if they could land him for less than £20 million this summer.
And it would arguably be a big mistake from West Brom if that was allowed to happen.