According to a story in The Express and Star, the Hammers will have to pay £20 million to get West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer.
That’s a massive £14 million rise on the Hammers’ £6 million proposal for the 28-year-old last week (Sky Sports).
If The Express and Star’s claim is correct, West Ham should simply walk away from this situation as soon as possible.
The Baggies must be insane to seek £20 million for a goalkeeper who is 28 years old and has less than a year left on his present contract at the Hawthorns.
Johnstone is a capable goalkeeper who would be a valuable addition to West Ham United.
According to Foot Mercato and L’Equipe, the Hammers are getting closer to a deal to recruit Alphonse Areola.
West Ham fans are not advocating that Moyes bets everything on one horse. However, a move to sign Areola over Johnstone should be the Scot’s top priority.
And West Bromwich Albion’s £20 million valuation of the goalkeeper should be enough to convince West Ham’s owners to pull out of the agreement.