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Hammers offer update on player’s contract talks

CandH Exclusive by Hughie Southon


West Ham will make a  major new offer to Ben Johnson in the summer as they attempt to ensure the second academy product to become a regular first team player remains at the club for a few years yet.

Following the amazing emergence of Declan, Ben has shown himself to be a very serious player and has so far been tied down to the two year option .

The club saw talks on a new deal break down a few weeks ago but will again bid to ensure his future at the club come  the end of the season by offering him a new five year deal.

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As was the case with Declan talks with the representatives concerned become somewhat protracted when players are looking for a rise from academy to first team status.

But a key Hammers source told ClaretandHugh – who first broke the news of the option agreement – that a new deal over five years would be offered in the summer.

We were told: “We can’t be talking to players at this stage of the season with so many important games ahead. We want them focused on football – not contract talks.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Hammers offer update on player’s contract talks

  1. I truly hope we sort out a decent contract to sign Ben up, and sort out his position too. I fear the biggest problem arising is the transition of U23 players to the first team squad. Frankly we have squandered talent like Oxford, Cullen and Coventry, and if we are not careful the vultures will circle for Ashby, Alese, Baptiste, Longelo, Perkins and Okoflex. If the young players feel they are not getting a chance, which they are not, then who could blame them for looking outward? Liverpool and Manu have no problem introducing young players, but we don’t even sub them on for a few minutes. My biggest regret and concern

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