By Hughie Southon
Ben Johnson is ready to leave the club having been offered a contract which he is unlikely to accept.
Claret and Hugh understands that the Hammers-raised defender – along with Conor Coventry – will leave the club despite wanting to stay.
However, unless the Irons can find a suitable No 2 left back to Emerson in the window – with Cressie likely to leave – Johnson will remain until the summer as cover.
Our understanding is that Johnson – 24 in January – whilst being offered a deal, is unhappy with the terms and as a result will be available for transfer.
Everton are understood to be interested along with Southampton whilst Luton Town could show interest in the player given his versatility as a right and left back.
Coventry’s fate was known some time back and he too will be allowed to leave despite showing much promise in the few games he has played for the first team.