Arsenal handed big Sam Johnstone transfer boost after West Brom decision

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Arsenal are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer.

And they have been handed a big boost in the chase for one of their prime targets.

Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta wants to bring in a new custodian to compete with regular stopper Bernd Leno.

Mat Ryan was drafted in on loan for the second half of last season from Brighton but he's now departed. It leaves just Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson as the only alternative to Leno but he has failed to shine on the rare outings he has made.

Arteta has been linked with two English 'keepers, both of whom are at clubs recently relegated from the Premier League – Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale and West Brom's Sam Johnstone.

Will either of Aaron Ramsdale or Sam Johnstone end up at Arsenal?

Whilst United reportedly want at least £30million to persuade them to part with Ramsdale, Albion are now said to have slashed their asking price for Johnstone.

The 28-year-old only has 12 months remaining on his current deal and the Athletic now say that the Baggies have reduced his price tag.

They say £12million is now the fee needed to secure Johnstone's release – a sizeable reduction from the £20m that was quoted last month.

West Ham had a £6m bid knocked back last week whilst Tottenham are also said to be tracking Johnstone.

Johnstone impressed last season, despite West Brom being relegated

Johnstone put in a series of accomplished displays last season despite the Baggies failing to hang on to their Premier League status. They begin the new Championship season in just over a fortnight.

His form earned him a call-up to the England team and he was part of the 26-man squad that reached the Euro 2020 final, albeit his was a watching brief from the bench.

Albion manager Valerien Ismael appears resigned to losing Johnstone, saying recently that it was his "expectation" that he would depart the Hawthorns.

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