The top scorer’s boss, Mikel Arteta, has not hidden his desire to hire a new goalkeeper as he seeks to create more competition for Bernd Leno
The question seems to be when, not if, Sam Johnstone will leave West Bromwich Albion this summer.
The goalkeeper is one of a string of big Hawthorns winners the club hopes to take down before the transfer window closes.
Johnstone, 28, made a series of successful appearances last season, despite the Baggies failing to maintain their Premier League status. They start the new championship season in just over two weeks.
His form earned him the England national team and he was part of the 26-player team that reached the final of Euro 2020, albeit for a brief sighting on the bench.
The future of his club is now uncertain as Albion looks for a suitable place for a player who signed for £6.5 million in 2018.
He recently admitted: “It’s no secret that Sam and Matheus can leave the club. Hope they go away. ”
The auction war will now escalate and earlier this week Sky Sports announced that West Ham has bid £6 million for Johnstone.
Albion declined the offer and wants a significant deal more than that.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes his former club can easily take on London rivals and attack Johnstone, someone Mikel Arteta admires as he seeks to strengthen his goalkeeper. West Ham They are testing the water to see if West Brom is desperate “You get West Ham for £6 million. Arsenal will earn £10 million, no kidding.
“West Brom wants to change and reorganize so its new manager can do more business.
“As a football club, you want to move some of the big winners and I think Johnstone will be at the top.
“I would be surprised if someone could get Johnstone for just £6 million, that’s too low for a player of his skill.” Another London club, Tottenham, is also eyeing Johnstone.
His English colleague Aaron Ramsdale is on a similar boat at Sheffield United. He also wants a quick return to the Premier League, but is reluctant to act like number two.