West Ham will have to pay £20 million if they want to sign West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer according to a report from The Express and Star.
That’s a huge £14 million increase on the £6 million bid lodged by the Hammers for the 28-year-old last week (Sky Sports).
If The Express and Star’s report is true, this is one that West Ham just need to walk away from as soon as possible.
The Baggies must be crazy demanding £20 million for a 28-year-old goalkeeper who has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Hawthorns.
Johnstone is a good goalkeeper and he would be a useful addition for the Hammers.
The West Ham owners are right to not offer more than £6 million for his services, however.
West Ham told to pay ridiculous fee for Sam Johnstone
As good as the West Brom ace undoubtedly is, £20 million would be an extortionate fee to pay for him.
He will be available on a free transfer in 11 months time!
Bringing Alphonse Areola to the London Stadium on loan with an option to buy would be a far better option for David Moyes.
We’re not suggesting that Moyes puts all his eggs in one basket. The Scot should definitely be prioritising a move to sign Areola over Johnstone, however.
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And West Brom’s £20 million valuation of the 28-year-old should be the final confirmation the West Ham owners need to walk away from the deal.