By Paul Robinson

22nd Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

West Ham tipped to seal 'exceptional' Johnstone deal after new bid - Robinson

West Ham will get a deal for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone over the line if no team hijacks their move.

That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Irons’ pursuit of the 28-year-old.

Football Insider has been told by a West Ham source that the club have bid up to £11million for Johnstone after making him their top summer target.

Baggies boss Valerien Ismael admitted shortly after his appointment that Johnstone was likely to leave The Hawthorns in this window.

The goalkeeper has less than 12 months left on his contract and West Brom want to cash in now rather than risk losing him on a free in 2022.

When asked if he expects Johnstone to join the Irons, Robinson told Football Insider: “They were testing the water with the first bid.

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“I think they will come to an agreement eventually. West Ham know West Brom want to plan to sell Johnstone so they just wanted to see how desperate they were. Ismael has already come out and said that he’s going.

“That transfer will happen. I think that low bid is just a test of West Brom’s resolve. I think it is a deal that we will see done unless another club comes in and hijacks it, which of course is a possibility because other clubs are looking at him.

“When you think about it, £10million for a goalkeeper of his exceptional quality is an absolute bargain.”

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