Ben Johnson Agrees West Ham Exit

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Call it officially unofficial, but Ben Johnson has rejected a late offer from West Ham to remain at the club and agreed to join Ipswich Town.

It is thought that Hammers Academy graduate Johnson was lured by the prospect of regular first-team football for the first time in his career.

The West Ham right-back was never able to fully secure a regular first-team place at The London Stadium. Johnson has been with the Hammers since he was 8 years old and was keen to sign a contract last year, as well as a chance at first-team football.

Despite some excellent performances off the bench last season, Johnson was never able to cement a string of games in his favoured position. West Ham had a record-breaking year for conceding goals last season, yet Johnson was still not given a chance which likely made it clear that the writing was on the wall.

I can’t help but think this situation could have been easily resolved by giving the lowest-paid player in the squad a fair wage last year. West Ham seem happy to throw money around at the likes of Danny Ings and incur massive losses on loan signings such as Kalvin Phillips but evidently can’t pay £50k per week to a committed player.

I wish Johnson all the luck in the world, but his departure leaves West Ham with yet another squad place to fill and heavily reliant on Vladimir Coufal.

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  • I'm not the answer to our right back problems says:

    It beggers belief why WHU do what they do with their Millions sometimes. Johnson did have a bad dip in form 2 seasons ago but when used last season did show his promise. Good luck to him in his new venture and hope he gets more than 1 season as a regular premium league player. COYI

  • Anon says:

    Sullivan and useless part time Brady strike again

    • Lord Sugar's Bit On The Side says:

      What on earth you think Brady is to blame for I honestly don’t know!

  • Graham says:

    Again we are feeling the effects of Moyes. Should of been offered a new contract with an increase in wages and then we had control of the situation and if not wanted sold with a transfer fee. Now we’ve lost a squad player with no transfer fee and have to buy a new player at a cost and certainly on higher wages then Johnson wanted. Bad business.

  • Nelly says:

    Good, he’s absolute rubbish. No point in him staying if offered 1st team football at Ipswich. Have fun in the Prem for the last time.

  • John Ayris says:

    The notable thing is who was interested in taking him. Ipswich who will be looking only to survive, and Rangers who play in a lower standard league. That about says all that needs to be known.

  • Billy Fish says:

    Good luck to him, he’s be treated very poorly by the club, now he’s off to work for one of the best young managers around at club that’s incredibly well run…unlike us 🤡

  • Kip says:

    He’s not great but definitely worth 50 k as a squad player..the money sullivan and Co waste , and they can’t pay that for a kid who loves thd club Is disgusting..especially with players like ings on over 100 k axweek ……absolutely pathetic

  • Raymond Clark says:

    Westham manager(moyes @owners)forced him out.Why the hell should he stay just because weve a new manager? Afler all weve still got the same owners. I wish him the best of luck and hope he shows our owners just how good he is and that they fcuckd up AGAIN!!!

    • Hugh Jars says:

      Moyes must have laughed his sweaty bollox off knowing what he left behind! Now Sullivan perv and ass lick Brady are carrying on that sh.te. 50 million to spend, kin bull****.t. Pay out pervy, ffs

  • Eddie says:

    Best news I’ve heard today good luck to him wasn’t good enough

  • Tony Smith says:

    Makes me laugh when all our so called fans become knowledgeable pundits and can rubbish a players reputation, he must have had some redeeming qualities to be at West ham for so many years , good luck to him , why shouldn’t he try to better himself West ham don’t care about their player’s or their fans as seen by this seasons transfer fiascos

  • Hammers68 says:

    Should have given him a decent wage instead of £140,000 per week for Phillips (the worst footballer I have ever seen), and £115,000 per week for Ings.

    It’s the same for Coufal. He plays his heart out every week but is paid pittance compared to Ings/Zouma/Phillips.

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