West Brom managed to keep hold of Sam Johnstone in the summer, despite constant speculation linking the keeper with a move away in the transfer window.
Having shone for Albion as they suffered relegation from the Premier League, combined with the fact that the stopper had entered the final year of his contract, an exit seemed inevitable.
However, a suitable bid did not arrive, with Johnstone focusing on the Baggies as he kept the number one shirt under Valerien Ismael following the deadline passing.
In January though, Johnstone will have six months left on his contract, so talk of an exit will begin again, with Tottenham thought to be monitoring the 28-year-old.
And, in the latest FLW TV club takeover show, Albion supporter Matt, who is on the WBA Report podcast, gave his thoughts on Johnstone’s situation as he spoke to FLW’s Ned Holmes, as he explained the timing means the Championship high-flyers are in a difficult position:
“The chance of selling Johnstone whilst also maintaining a positive position for the club, the summer was the time to do that. They were looking at £10-12m after dropping their valuation of him but no bids really came in, apart from West Ham who made an offer that the club laughed off.
“There has been talks of a new deal for Johnstone and I’d be very much behind that, with a release clause if we didn’t get promoted. I think that’s only fair, perhaps trying to maintain a bit of value.
“If we do go up, I hope he’d be happy to stay. Don’t get me wrong, I think Sam Johnstone is a brilliant goalkeeper and someone who is capable of playing at Premier League level. Spurs, if they are looking for a second choice keeper or to fulfil the role that Hugo Lloris might vacate one day, Johnstone could do that, he’s definitely good enough.
“I’d rather see Albion hold on to him, and if we are to lose him on a free, that’s football I suppose. It’s not worth risking our promotion bid for what would probably be less than £10m.”
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