West Bromwich Albion are still expecting Sam Johnstone to leave the club despite West Ham United seemingly ending their interest in the goalkeeper, according to Carlton Palmer.
Johnstone has been the subject of interest since the Baggies suffered relegation from the Premier League last term, with West Ham seeing a £10million bid rejected for the England international.
However, it appears as though a move to London Stadium is no longer on the cards as the Hammers have signed Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan deal, with an option to buy.
Will Sam Johnstone leave West Brom before the window shuts?
West Brom boss Valerien Ismael, who was named as Sam Allardyce’s successor after the former England manager decided against staying at the Hawthorns following relegation, has already admitted he expects Johnstone to leave the club before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
Ex-Baggies midfielder Palmer believes a cooling of interest from West Ham will not have resulted in Ismael being more confident of keeping Johnstone.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, he said: “Sam is a very good goalkeeper but I think West Brom are in a position where they don’t have to let him go cheaply.
“West Ham tried to get him for £10million. I don’t think West Brom will let him out for less than £20million or £25million. They won’t rest easy until the transfer window is shut.
“I think they would be very lucky to keep Sam because his ambition is to stay in the England squad. Obviously, he will be thinking of the World Cup now and he needs to be playing in the highest league.”
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