West Ham’s £6m bid for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was “edging on the points of derisory“, says Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.
Last week Sky Sports reported that West Ham had made an unsuccessful £6m offer for Johnstone in their attempts to strengthen between the sticks.
Johnstone was one of the standout goalies in the Premier League last season, making 166 saves in total – the most in the division.
It makes it no surprise teams are after him, while the 28-year-old has just one year left on his contract, so he does look attainable. Even so, for Hatfield, a £6m bid is still criminal.
“I think it was probably edging on the points of derisory, really, that bid if true,” Hatfield told FFC. “£6m for someone of Sam Johnstone’s quality and his age is a low-ball offer, put it that way.”
All things considered, it was an offer that was never going to be accepted.
Some of the Premier League’s richest sides, including Tottenham and Arsenal, are thought to be interested in Johnstone.
West Brom are likely to get a better deal doing business with one of those clubs, so a £6m offer from West Ham for the England international was always going to be futile.