Some West Ham transfer news emerged over the weekend regarding our apparent pursuit of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
According to claims from Hammers insiders Claret and Hugh, David Moyes is ‘more than likely’ to make an early move to sign the 28-year-old West Brom ace in the summer.
The Hammers chased Baggies stopper Johnstone all summer long last year but we ended up bringing in Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain instead.
The French ace, 28, is a truly elite goalkeeper. He hasn’t played regularly for West Ham though, with David Moyes instead opting for Lukas Fabianski as his number one stopper in the Premier League.
Because of his lack of action, he has sometimes looked a bit shaky regarding his ability to communicate with his defenders. That shouldn’t detract from just how good of a shot-stopper Areola is.
We have an option to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer for around £11 million (Wyn Foot).
Moyes surely has to make that happen doesn’t he? Perhaps not. Well not according to a top Hammers insider anyway…
West Ham summer transfer news dropped by C&H
Claret and Hugh reckon that David Moyes is eyeing an early summer swoop for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Areola’s performance against Kidderminster has helped Moyes make his mind up according to C&H. If true, that really is incredibly harsh.
Areola is on another level to Sam Johnstone. That’s not to say that the West Brom ace isn’t a good goalkeeper, he definitely is. But the Frenchman is elite in my opinion.
And it doesn’t sit right that the Baggies stopper is represented by David Sullivan’s old favourite Will Salthouse.
In an ideal world, West Ham would keep Areola AND sign Johnstone, whilst moving Fabianski to our number three.
The 28-year-old Baggies ace was available for around £10 million or even less in January according to the Daily Mail. The Hammers obviously didn’t want to be spending that kind of money on a player out of contract in the summer.
He’s currently out of favour at the Hawthorns as well.
Signing the Englishman wouldn’t be a bad move at all. Losing Areola would be, however. If it’s a straight choice between the two, Moyes’s decision should be a really straightforward one.
We know that money talks though and the West Ham owners will undoubtedly prefer a deal to sign Johnstone on a free transfer rather than bringing Areola in to the London Stadium for £11 million. Isn’t that a sad indictment of where we currently are as a football club?
Who knows, perhaps Areola will stay at the London Stadium and Johnstone will be brought in. We must admit though, that would be a huge surprise.