West Brom could land a major transfer windfall this summer after Sam Johnstone was called up by England.
That is the view of former Leeds striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the likes of Tottenham would have to splash the cash to prise the shot-stopper from the Hawthorns.
The 27-year-old was named alongside Dean Henderson and Nick Pope as Gareth Southgate’s chosen goalkeepers on Thursday.
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Johnstone played at every level from under-16s to under-20s for England’s youth sides.
As revealed by Football Insider, the goalkeeper’s inclusion among England’s senior side could see his price tag rise significantly if he makes his debut.
Johnstone is heading into the final 12 months of his contract and is likely to leave the Hawthorns if West Brom are relegated.
However, Whelan insisted any interested clubs would now have to pay a premium price.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Look, on one hand, I think Big Sam will be like: ‘That’s fantastic, you deserve it.’ On another hand, it’s one of those players you’ve got to keep hold of next season.
“That’s going to be a struggle now (he’s) internationally recognised. When you get demoted from any league, you’re gonna have an exodus of quality players that big clubs want.
“It might be money that’s well generated for West Brom because of this at the end of the season.
“This will be a great eye-opener because there’s not a lot of players, goalkeepers, these days that you would turn to sign.
“He’s a great player, many clubs will want him in their side. He’ll be a wanted man at the end of the season.”
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