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West Bromwich Albion: Fans react to claims on Sam Johnstone

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fans have been reacting to claims surrounding the future of Sam Johnstone following reports that he could be on his way out of the club.

A number of clubs have reportedly shown an interest in the 28-year-old England international this summer following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League, with the club reportedly setting their valuation for him at £20m.

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However, a more recent report in The Athletic has claimed that the Baggies have slashed the asking price to just £12m, with his contract, which is set to expire next summer, reportedly playing a key part in their decision to try and shift him out of the club.

The report also states that the club have already earmarked David Button to be their No 1 next season, further emphasising the need to try and cash in on him whilst they can.

The news was relayed to fans by @WBAReport on social media, where it certainly garnered a lot of reaction:

“£20m was too much for someone with one year left on his contract, easily worth £12m though”

“Slashed it. Anyone thinking we’d get more than 12m for a guy in the last year of his contract needs to give their head a wobble. Should have read “club hope to get ‘up to’ 12m, be lucky to get that in the current market.”
“Ok good bye”
“Just goes to show how desperate the owner is for his back. Time for a fire sale and a slip down the league me thinks!!”
“Really why if Ramsdale is 30 mill joke as always with owners pay going rate”
“Let him go, he’ll be a benchwarmer for the rest of his career and we’ll never hear about him anymore. He ain’t worth 20m how anyone can rate him at that after letting in 70 goals last season I don’t know.”
“Owner is a disgrace. If Ramsdale is £30m (which he’s not), the Johnstone is £40m at least.”

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With just 39 days to go until the end of the transfer window, it certainly does look like it’s going to be an interesting transfer saga to keep track of moving forward.

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