By Joe Ellis

25th May, 2022 | 11:22am

West Brom should have banked £10m bid for Sam Johnstone last summer

Sam Johnstone is about to leave West Brom after four years at the club but they could have gotten so much more than the £0 they’re going to receive.

The 29-year-old’s contract at The Hawthorns expires at the end of June and the club confirmed via their retained list that he, along with Andy Carroll and Romaine Sawyers, would leave the club on 1 July on a free transfer.

But had they been sensible and envisaged his reluctance to play in the Championship ahead of November’s 2022 Qatar World Cup, then they could have pocketed a hefty sum of money for his services.

According to the Daily Mail, Johnstone was the subject of a £10million bid from Premier League side West Ham United last summer but the Baggies turned it down to keep him in the Midlands instead.

The Hammers were preparing for a Europa League campaign at the time, and they reached the semi-finals eventually, as well as a push on the Premier League and the England international would have been hoping to be involved in it had Albion accepted the offer.

And now it looks like he’s going to leave regardless after a fallout with Valerien Ismael in January and being replaced by David Button for the final five games once his future had been decided.

West Brom will be looking at that eight-figure sum the Irons offered to them almost 12 months ago and wondering why on earth they didn’t snap their hand off there and then is a mystery and something the board should be asking themselves right now as he heads out the door with no transfer fee incoming.

In other West Brom news, Hal Robson-Kanu could see our poor season coming from a mile away which is why he decided to leave the club this time last year.

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