West Brom replacing Ben Foster with Sam Johnstone at half the price would be excellent business

John Terry of Aston Villa and Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa celebrate victory together after the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in...

West Bromwich Albion are reportedly keen on Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone.

Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa celebrates his sides victory after the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on...

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.

The Baggies are seemingly in the hunt for a new shot-stopper this summer with current number one Ben Foster linked with a move back to the Premier League with Watford.

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.

Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after Jake Livermore of West Bromwich Albion scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and...

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.

Bradley Johnson of Derby County header is saved by Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16,...

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.

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