West Ham United have upped their offer for West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to £11 million, according to Football Insider.
And David Moyes has made the newly-capped England international his first choice ahead of Alphonse Areola, who was on loan at Fulham last season.
The Hammers made an opening bid for the 28-year-old last week, with Sky Sports claiming that it was a lowly £6 million offer that came in from London for the stopper.
That was swiftly turned down by the Baggies, who were looking for a fee in excess of £20 million for Johnstone at the time.
It has since come out though per The Athletic that the asking price has now lowered to £12 million, owing to Johnstone’s contractual position.
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And that means West Ham are getting ever closer to meeting West Brom’s demanded fee – although they could now face competition from other top flight clubs.
This could turn into a bit of a scramble for Johnstone – with his asking price now lowered to £12 million it could end up being Johnstone having the pick of the clubs.
West Ham seem to be very close in agreeing a fee for the 28-year-old, and once Arsenal and Tottenham know that then it would be a shock if they don’t meet the asking price as well to make it a real transfer saga.
Johnstone is proven quality in the Premier League and his England debut has only increased the demand for his services – West Brom are already preparing for life without him this coming season and it won’t be a shock to see him depart The Hawthorns in the coming weeks.