Relegated West Brom ‘want £20m for goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’ as Baggies play look to play hardball to keep England international amid reported West Ham and Man United interest
- The West Brom goalkeeper’s contract expires at the end of next season
- West Ham reportedly see Sam Johnstone as Lukasz Fabianski’s successor
- However, Hammers boss David Moyes is prepared to wait for his price to drop
- Tom Heaton will reportedly re-join Manchester United on a free transfer
West Brom have reportedly slapped a £20 million price tag on Sam Johnstone to discourage other clubs from bidding for the 28-year-old.
The relegated Baggies are aware their sought after goalkeeper is keen to remain in the Premier League, and his contract expires at the end of next season so he could leave on a free transfer in 12 months.
However, according to The Sun their high valuation is proving to be a problem for West Ham and Manchester United who are both reportedly interested in securing his services.
Manchester United and West Ham have both been linked with moves for Sam Johnstone
Hammers boss David Moyes sees Johnstone as the long term replacement for Lukasz Fabianski
It is believed United would move for their former keeper if Dean Henderson or David de Gea were to leave this summer, but they would not be prepared to meet West Brom’s valuation.
West Ham also want to sign Johnstone but David Moyes is prepared to wait for his price to drop.
Moyes sees the Baggies stopper as the long-term replacement for 36-year-old Lukasz Fabianski.
Meanwhile United have reportedly agreed to re-sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Tom Heaton will reportedly re-join Manchester United after he returns from a family holiday
The 35-year-old’s contract at Villa Park expires this summer and Villa announced he would leave the club on Friday.
It is believed that he will sign a deal with the Red Devils after returning from a family holiday.
Heaton was on the books at Old Trafford between 2005-10 but failed to make a first team appearance.
United have been in the market for a new goalkeeper because the futures of Lee Grant and Sergio Romero remain unclear.