According to a recent report in the Daily Mail (live transfer thread, July 1st at 16:10), Manchester United are seeking £5 million for West Bromwich Albion target Sam Johnstone.
Losing Foster would be a blow for West Brom when taking into account his ability and leadership role at the club, but The Sun cite a figure of £10 million for the 35-year-old – a fee the Baggies simply couldn’t refuse.
Gaining such a figure for a 35-year-old would be incredible and an opportunity for West Brom to invest back into the team, and they can potentially replace him with an excellent number one for half that reported price.
The Daily Mail claim United want just £5 million for Johnstone, a player who excelled on loan at Aston Villa last season as the Villans reached the Championship playoff final, succumbing to a 1-0 defeat.
The 25-year-old has plenty of ability and considering his age, the potential to go on and feature as a regular number one in the top-flight should the Baggies be successful and make an immediate return.
West Brom have the benefit of parachute payments to ease their drop to the second tier, and they seem fairly confident of keeping several of their key players in their bid for automatic promotion.
But adding more money to the budget without seeing their strongest XI weaken can only be a positive step, and they can potentially do that by selling Foster and replacing him with the impressive Johnstone.
The 6ft 4inch shot-stopper has spent several seasons out on loan, and now he may feel the time is right to depart Old Trafford permanently and join a team with real Premier League aspirations.
West Brom are among the favourites for promotion this season, and a decent summer in the transfer market could make all the difference with several other big clubs vying for a place in the top-flight.