‘No messing round’: Pundit suggestions Arsenal to beat West Ham United to 28-year-old goalkeeper
Kevin Campbell believes Arsenal may beat West Ham United to the signing of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer time.
The England worldwide has entered the ultimate yr of his contract with the Baggies, and he’s more likely to be offered earlier than the tip of the switch window.
The Hammers lately made a gap bid of round £6 million for the 28-year-old that has been rejected. The Baggies are searching for at the least £10m.
Chatting with Soccer Insider, the previous Arsenal striker stated that the Hammers have made a low-ball supply for the Manchester United graduate.
He added that the Baggies are more likely to maintain out for his or her asking value, and fancied the Gunners to satisfy the worth tag for the shot-stopper.
He stated: “The £6m bid is a few severe low-balling from West Ham. They’re testing the water to see if West Brom are determined. You retain the £6million West Ham. Arsenal will are available with the £10million, no messing round.”
“As a soccer membership you wish to transfer a couple of of the large earners on and I believe Johnstone will likely be in the direction of the highest finish. I’d have been stunned if anybody received Johnstone for as little as £6million, that may be very low for a participant of his potential.”
The Hammers are taking a look at various choices as they goal to discover a severe competitor to Lukasz Fabianski for the primary function subsequent season.
Johnstone is likely one of the prime gamers on their radar, however they’re additionally exploring a mortgage deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola with an possibility to purchase.
In the meantime, the Gunners are eyeing Johnstone as a back-up to Bernd Leno. Johnstone may substitute the German as the primary selection in the long term.
Johnstone solely made his Premier League debut final time period, however confirmed his class between the sticks, saving 161 of the 228 photographs heading in the right direction.
His save share of 70.6 was significantly better than Leno’s (69.2). Leno had a blended 2020/21 season with the Gunners with a couple of goalkeeping blunders.
Judging by the switch exercise of each golf equipment, the Gunners are positively wanting the extra bold after a disappointing eight-place league end.
The value tag for Johnstone is inexpensive, however the membership have but to resolve on their prime goal. They’ve additionally been linked with Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.
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