Robinson shares bold verdict on Johnstone U-turn at West Brom after confirmed West Ham news
Paul Robinson is adamant Sam Johnstone will leave West Brom this summer despite West Ham ending their interest in the goalkeeper.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one claimed the 28-year-old will exit for a fee in the region of £8-10million before the window shuts.
West Ham were interested in signing Johnstone to provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski but their £6million bid fell a way short of West Brom’s asking price.
David Moyes’ side instead opted to sign Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper Alphonse Areola on loan with an option to buy in the summer of 2022.
Albion boss Valerien Ismael last month revealed he expects Johnstone, who has one year left on his contract at The Hawthorns, to leave this summer.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if there was a chance Johnstone will remain in the Midlands following Areola’s move to the London Stadium, Robinson said:
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“I still expect Sam Johnstone to leave even though he won’t be going to West Ham.
“I think West Ham were priced out of a move for him in the end. They were clearly unwilling to pay £10million when they could get Areola on loan. I really rate Areola so I can understand why they have gone for him in the end.
“Sam Johnstone is one of the players who is earmarked for a move back to the Premier League.
“Where will he go? I don’t know. But West Brom have already made it clear that they expect him to leave before the window shuts.
“They want his wages off the books and only want £8-10million for him and for those reasons it is a move that will happen. I just cannot see where yet.”