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West Brom tell interested clubs including West Ham that Sam Johnstone will cost £10 million

West Brom tell interested clubs including West Ham that Sam Johnstone will cost £10 million

Price is right

Sam Johnstone has earned plaudits all season, despite West Brom’s struggles in the Premier League. He has enhanced his reputation with a number of fine displays, and was of course called up to Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad. The shot-stopper even has a chance of making the Three Lions’ European Championships squad.

As is often the case with teams who find themselves relegated from the Premier League, their best players are picked off by clubs who remain in the competition, and Johnstone has his admirers.

According to a report from the Evening Standard, West Brom have named their price for the player – £10 million.

Tottenham may lose Hugo Lloris at the end of the season, as he has been linked with a return to his homeland, in the form of a link up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino at PSG. The veteran has another year left on his contract, but if Spurs wish to make money on their no.1, they will need to sell him this summer, or risk Lloris walking away for nothing.

West Ham, on the other hand, have Lukasz Fabianski as their first-choice. Despite recently signing an extension, though, the Pole is 36. He is backed up by 33-year-old Darren Randolph and 35-year-old David Martin, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

‘Keep him’

West Brom tell interested clubs including West Ham that Sam Johnstone will cost £10 million

West Bromwich Albion’s English head coach Sam Allardyce gestures on the touchline during the English FA Cup third round football match between Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool, north west England on January 9, 2021. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce, when asked about Johnstone’s future, recently said: “We can only discuss that when we have secured our position as a Premier League club.”

“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.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.