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Hammers keep contract talks on hold

West Ham need to see a quick improvement in Ben Johnson’s form when the World Cup break is over if they are to reopen negotiations over a new contract.

Talks were halted by West Ham as reported by Claret and Hughu despite claiming that his agents called a stop.

Thilo Kehrer is ahead of him in the pecking order under David Moyes, despite not being a natural right-back, and he’s only made six starts in the Premier League thus far this campaign.

The Hammers ewmain concerned over Johnson’s start to the season.

He will need to improve rapidly on the restart  if he is to earn the right to negotiate with the Irons over an extension.

There is no indication of interest from elsewhere at this point, and his current contract is set to expire in 2024.

In total, Johnson has played 72 times for the Irons, at both right-back and centre-back, and has scored twice.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.