Leeds United

Noel Whelan claims Leeds United should make a player-plus-cash bid for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. 

The former Whites hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Helder Costa could be offered to secure the West Brom man’s signature.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider West Ham are lining up a bid for Johnstone as he is “very keen” to join them.

This comes as The Sun claim the Baggies are demanding £20million for their number one.

Johnstone, 28, is out of contract next summer and impressed despite West Brom getting relegated last season.

However, Costa had a somewhat underwhelming season as he scored just three goals across 22 appearances.

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Whelan would be happy to see Costa go if it meant Leeds could blow West Ham out of the water to land Johnstone.

“I think we need another keeper,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Sam Johnstone has been tested a lot, let’s put it that way. We could do with a player like that.

“But it has to be at the right price, we won’t go into a bidding war. We won’t spend more than we need to even though we’re in a healthy position. 

“It might be a swap deal, there could be a Leeds player who can help them out. Helder Costa, for me, can go. I can see that.

“If that’s something the club wants to pursue then fine but £20million is a lot of money for a player who could be sitting on the bench. 

“Meslier is still the number one if Johnstone comes, I’m sure.”

Costa only joined Leeds on a permanent basis last summer.

He spent the previous season on loan at Elland Road from Wolves.

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