Manchester United have placed a £5m transfer fee on the head of Sam Johnstone, who is attracting serious interest from West Bromwich Albion this summer.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, West Brom have lined up Johnstone as Ben Foster’s replacement, as their 35-year-old goalkeeper continues to attract interest from Watford.
With Johnstone entering the final 12 months of his deal with Man United, they’ve reportedly placed a £5m price-tag on the goalkeeper’s head, with West Brom circling.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has no intention of extending his stay at Old Trafford, having spent the last 18 months on-loan with Aston Villa, where he enjoyed a successful spell.
In total, Johnstone made 69 Championship appearances for Villa, with 48 of those coming last season, including the play-offs, as Steve Bruce’s side finished fourth in the table.
Johnstone conceded just 41 goals from his 45 appearances during the regular season, with Villa impressing.
However, failure to win promotion has scuppered Johnstone’s chance of re-signing on a permanent basis.
Darren Moore is keen to take Johnstone on board ahead of West Brom’s Championship return, with his current first choice goalkeeper, Foster, pushing for a summer exit.
£5m is good value for Johnstone, who in the last 18 months has proved to be on the Championship’s most consistent goalkeepers.
West Brom are interested, but at the reported price, others could well take a look at Johnstone.
The next move in his career is going to be a big one, whether it is back into the Championship or across the Premier League.
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