West Ham United have been told to pay £10 million for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone according to a report from the Evening Standard.
Hammers boss David Moyes is expected to be a busy man in the transfer market this summer.
West Ham need to sign a new striker, a central midfielder and a left-back as a matter of priority.
It could be argued that we need a new centre-back as well.
Because of the Hammers’ desperate need to bolster those positions, our need for a new number one goalkeeper may well be overlooked.
Numbers one and two Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph will be 36 and 34 respectively before the start of next season and are both on the decline.
West Ham could sign Sam Johnstone for bargain fee
The Baggies ace has been heavily linked with a move from the Hawthorns to the London Stadium recently. ExWHUemployee and the Express and Star have reported on our interest in the former Manchester United man.
The Evening Standard now claims that Sam Allardyce will sell the 28-year-old to West Ham if the East London outfit stump up £10 million.
And what a signing Johnstone could be for the Hammers.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the West Brom stopper cuts an imposing figure. He is dominant in the air, a great shot stopper and is a very impressive communicator.
Johnstone has been a real hit with West Brom. In 125 games for the Baggies, he has let in 169 goals whilst keeping 30 clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
He is at an ideal age to make the move to East London. He still has years left ahead of him at the very highest level.
Spending £10 million on a goalkeeper with Johnstone’s quality seems like an absolute no-brainer.
This is one that David Moyes just has to get done in the summer.