West Brom have reportedly placed a £10m price tag on in-demand goalkeeper goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
According to the Evening Standard, they make it very clear the sum the relegation-threatened Baggies want for the 28-year-old. Thursday’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester has left the Baggies on the brink of relegation to the Championship. Sam Allardyce’s men are nine points adrift of safety with six games to go and relegation will most likely mean Johnstone moves on.
Johnstone (123) has made more saves than any other Premier League keeper this season. His form has been superb and England boss Gareth Southgate called him up in the last international break.
There will be no shortage of takers for Johnstone, who came through the ranks at Manchester United.
Sam Allardyce claimed the player’s future would only be discussed once West Brom had ensured survival.
“We can only discuss that when we have secured our position as a Premier League club,” said Allardyce (via the Express & Star) when asked about Johnstone’s future.
“That would mean discussion from the hierarchy at the club and look at what they can do with Sam’s contract and try to persuade him to stay.
“As usual, business is business. Whatever happens can only be decided then, but I think the club would do their very best to keep him.”
He has been earmarked as a major target for Tottenham, but that could well have changed now Jose Mourinho has gone.
According to ESPN, Spurs were the favourites to sign Johnstone in the summer. They view him as a bargain replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Man Utd interest
Manchester United are also interested in bringing Johnstone back to the club.
The Sun on Sunday have claimed that United may overhaul their goalkeeping department in pre-season. David de Gea’s future looks uncertain after losing his place to Dean Henderson.
That could push the Spaniard towards the door and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need some added competition for Henderson.
With Henderson and De Gea, along with Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Under-23 stopper Paul Woolston and veteran Lee Grant, United are currently spending £600,000-a-week on goalkeepers.
Also, ESPN have previously claimed West Ham are understood to be keen on Johnstone as they look for a replacement for 36-year-old Lukasz Fabianski.
Meanwhile, Leeds have also been linked with the player, as they look for some serious competition for Illan Meslier.