This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
West Ham have seen a £10 million bid rejected for West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, as reported by BBC Sport.
According to The Athletic, Johnstone, who has spent the summer with England during Euro 2020, has attracted the interest of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with the North London rivals yet to assemble an offer.
The Hammers, who are seemingly looking for a successor to the ever-reliable Lukasz Fabianski, reportedly submitted an offer that fell considerably short of West Brom’s valuation of £20 million.
According to BBC Sport, West Brom do not feel like they are in a position where they need to sell their players for a lower price, despite their relegation from the Premier League.
So, with West Brom rejecting The Hammers’ initial approach, what kind of figure would the newly-relegated Championship club accept? We asked the team at FLW what they thought…
More than £10m, but I can understand why West Ham have gone in around that mark to kick things off.
Johnstone is a quality goalkeeper and has undoubted Premier League quality.
However, West Brom have allowed his contract to tick down into its final 12 months and without an extension, clubs aren’t going to pay what he’s worth.
In saying that, even with his current contract situation, he is worth more than £10m and you can understand why West Brom have knocked that back.
The Baggies, though, will have to taper their valuation ahead of a sale this summer.
Somewhere around the £15-18m mark – similar to what Aaron Ramsdale went to Sheffield United for – would do it.
In all honesty, I’m not convinced that West Brom can demand too much more at the minute.
Admittedly, Johnstone’s performances for the Baggies in the Premier League last season, and his call-up to the England squad for Euro 2020, means that he is a goalkeeper who is undoubtedly capable of being worth a great deal more than that.
However, it is hard to escape the fact that Johnstone only has a year remaining on his current at The Hawthorns, meaning that this could be their last chance to receive a fee for the player.
That is something that puts them in a difficult position here, since they are surely not going to want to lose a player with his ability for nothing when that deal comes to an end this time next year.
As a result, while I can understand them wanting more than £10million for Johnstone, I can’t see clubs be willing to pay a much higher amount for a player they could get for free in a year, meaning I can only really see him being worth a maximum of £15million to the Baggies at this moment in time.