According to a report by Football Insider, West Ham United, and by extension GSB, are lining up a bid to sign West Bromwich Albion ace Sam Johnstone this summer – and it is believed he is ‘very keen’ to join the club.
The Lowdown: Johnstone and West Ham…
Links to the England shot stopper are nothing new with David Moyes’ men keeping tabs on his exploits for quite a while now.
Indeed, previous reports even claimed that West Ham are above other competitors in the race for his signature as the Irons search for an eventual heir to current mainstay Lukasz Fabianski.
The Latest: GSB lining up bid…
It is now claimed by Football Insider that GSB and West Ham United are lining up a bid to sign the player this summer and he is a firm target for the club.
As well as this, Johnstone has apparently told friends he is ‘very keen‘ on a move to east London and has privately made it clear he wants an instant return to the Premier League.
He was relegated with current club West Brom last season but reports claim the Baggies will still demand a lofty price tag.
The Sun stated recently that they have slapped a £20m price tag on Johnstone despite their Championship status.
The Verdict: Do it West Ham…
Even though his mooted fee could be lofty given these uncertain financial times, the price tag could yet be negotiated depending on developments and the notion of West Ham lining up a bid is exciting.
Johnstone was arguably one of the shining lights for WBA last season, starting 37 Premier League matches and only missing one match all campaign (WhoScored).
He kept six clean sheets in that time and even bagged an assist during West Brom’s surprising 5-2 victory at Stamford Bridge (Transfermarkt) – with pundit Kevin Phillips lauding him as their ‘outstanding player’ of the campaign (West Brom News).
At 28-years-old with plenty of years ahead between the sticks, he could be a brilliant option for the Hammers this summer.
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