West Ham United are lining up a £4m move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to solve their goalkeeping problems, as per the Mirror.
The 25-year-old Englishman has enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Aston Villa but has never played a Premier League match so it feels like the Hammers could set their sights higher.
The report states that West Ham will send Joe Hart back to Manchester City this summer and want Johnstone, of their city rivals United to replace him on a permanent basis.
Johnstone’s United contract was recently extended via an automatic one-year clause, according to the report, which means that the Old Trafford club will be entitled to a fee for the English goalkeeper.
The stopper is valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt but the report claims the Hammers are eyeing up a £4m swoop to convince Jose Mourinho to part with Johnstone.
There are some positives to signing Johnstone; he is young for a goalkeeper, he is English, he is hungry to prove himself, he has enjoyed a good season at Villa Park and £4m is cheap in the current market.
But the fact remains that he hasn’t made a Premier League appearance at the age of 25. He hasn’t experienced the scrutiny that comes with being a first-choice top flight goalkeeper and West Ham is a very tough place to learn your trade right now.
A more experienced goalkeeper is needed to inspire confidence behind a defence that has suffered badly with injuries and departures in recent months.
West Ham fans want to see greater signs of ambition at their club and I don’t think that the signing of Johnstone will satisfy their fanbase, who are looking for heavy investment in experienced Premier League campaigners this summer.