By Adefunmiloye Alani

22nd Jul, 2021 | 9:08am

West Brom would now entertain offers of around £12million for Sam Johnstone

West Brom are ready to entertain offers of around £12million for Sam Johnstone given his contractual position, according to The Athletic.

The Baggies set a tentative asking price of £20million at the end of last season for the England international, but West Ham United are the only club to have tabled a bid for the 28-year-old, with the club knocking it back as it was just around £6million.

With just 12 months left on his deal, West Brom are not willing to risk losing him for nothing next summer and as a result have slashed their asking price by 40 per cent.

Great decision

Selling Johnstone this summer would not only see us make a financial return on one of our most valuable assets, but it would also increase his chances of retaining his place in the England squad and heading to the World Cup.

Clubs are clearly not willing to pay £20million for the West Brom ace, but serious suitors should not find it difficult to part with £12million.

The huge price slash is a fair deal, and landing a member of the England squad who made the most saves last season for that fee is a bargain.

Head coach Valerien Ismael is patiently waiting to reinvest the proceeds from Johnstone’s sale in the transfer market, and we need to get that sorted out and move on.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham would be willing to double their initial offer, but that cannot be ruled out.

More suitors could emerge as a result of West Brom’s latest decision, and the goalie would be hoping his future is quickly resolved with the new campaign almost here.

In other West Brom news, club wants int’l teammate of Baggies ace ahead of him, major bid lined up.

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