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Everton step up pursuit of Hammers freebie

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Everton are reportedly very interested in signing Ben Johnson on a free transfer when his West Ham contract expires this summer, according to Everton website Goodison News.

The outlet reported that the Hammers defender has already turned down “numerous” attempts to renew his contract at the London Stadium and is now drawing interest from clubs across the Premier League and Europe as he approaches a summer move.

This information corroborates what Claret & Hugh, a reliable source at The London Stadium, reported last month.

Everton’s interest in Johnson is hardly surprising given their financial constraints, making the 24-year-old a particularly appealing option on a free transfer.

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However, Everton faces stiff competition for his signature, with Crystal Palace and Wolves also keen on acquiring him before the season ends. Moreover, clubs from Italy, France, and Germany have reportedly been in discussions with his representatives as well.

Sean Dyche has shown interest in Johnson for several transfer windows, and with the defender available for free, he may finally secure his target.

Johnson might also feature in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen, as West Ham seeks to reverse a 2-0 deficit.

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