Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has delivered his verdict on the future of Adam Webster amid reported interest from Newcastle United.
The Magpies were reportedly interested in Webster after the 24-year-old enjoyed a great season in the Championship, as his side missed out on the playoffs on the final day of the season.
Speaking on the Chronicle’s live blog (21/06, 09:26) Johnson said: “Our stance is that we don’t want to lose Adam Webster. You can never say never in football. But if you look at the values for other players flying around that sort of figure would be vastly undervaluing him from where I would see it.”
Online football outlet teamTALK reported that Johnson would accept offers close to £12million for his main defender, with fellow Premier League sides Leicester, Burnley, Southampton, and Watford also sharing an interest.
The potential signing of Webster would be a smart move by Newcastle. The 6’2″ giant [Transfermarkt] would bring a great physical presence to St James’ Park and you only have to look at the long list of Premier League clubs interested in Webster to see the high regard he’s held in. The 24-year-old only joined Bristol at the beginning of last season, so it is no surprise that Johnson wants to keep a hold of his defender, and Webster was a near ever-present colossus at the back in the previous campaign making 47 appearances, only missing a couple of Championship fixtures. He was also voted Player of the Year by supporters, which has helped put him on the radar. The English defender only cost £3.5million, with any potential move bringing in a big profit. The reality of the football league is that should you not earn promotion, players must be sold to keep profits at the club and Webster would deliver a big fee to Johnson.