Mills: West Brom tipped to accept £11m West Ham bid for Johnstone
Danny Mills has tipped West Brom to accept an £11million bid by West Ham for Sam Johnstone.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England full-back claimed David Moyes could be making a mistake by signing another stopper capable of being first-choice.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have offered up to £11million bid for the England star.
West Ham have made moves for multiple goalkeepers, including Alphonse Areola, this summer but Johnstone is Moyes’ top choice.
Asked whether £11million is the right price for the goalkeeper who has just 12 months left on his West Brom contract, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, I would have thought so.
“I just don’t like it when you don’t have an out-and-out number one goalkeeper. It’s the sort of position where the goalkeeper needs security, he needs safety and the belief that he is the number one.
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“We’ve seen that with Jordan Pickford. The manager says ‘You’re number one’. It calms you down, stops you from trying too hard and stops you from doing things you don’t need to do and keep it simple.
“Sometimes, if you have two goalkeepers of equal ability and it’s not clear who the number one is, it can cause more problems than you need sometimes.
“Fabianski had a good season so you end up with a goalkeeper who thinks ‘Half a mistake and I’m out of the team’. That’s the last thing you need from a goalkeeper.
“You need your goalkeeper to be focused but relaxed. A lot of it’s mental, it’s about keeping that concentration during a game ‘If I do make a mistake, I’m still in the team’. Then you probably make the save because you’re more relaxed and not tense.”