West Brom adamant they won't sell players cheaply, want £20million for Johnstone
West Brom have turned down West Ham’s £10million bid for England international goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
According to BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone, Albion sources are adamant they have no need to sell players cheaply despite relegating from the Premier League, and they want around £20million for the 28-year-old.
Johnstone has 12 months remaining on his West Brom contract and new manager Valerien Ismael has said he is likely to leave this summer.
The Baggies want double of what the Hammers are offering for their man, and it remains to be seen whether suitors would be keen to meet their demands.
West Ham have moved on and are now targeting Paris Saint-Germain goalie Alphonse Areola, but Johnstone is not short of Premier League suitors.
According to The Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the West Brom ace, but we do not see them willing to pay £20million for a back-up goalkeeper.
Suitors would be more than glad to wait until next summer when they can snap him up for nothing, and we have to admit that we are not in a commanding position to play hard ball.
We need to cash in on Johnstone, and could be forced to sell him on a cheap in the last days of the transfer window.
West Brom cannot keep him as that would all but end his chances of going to next summer’s World Cup with the Three Lions, and it remains to be seen whether more suitors will come for his signature.
In other West Brom news, Premier League boss has been put off deal by the Baggies demands.