West Ham may be on brink of moving defender


West Ham may be on the brink of moving defender Ben Johnson.

West Ham may be on brink of moving defender

It’s been on cards for some months with talks on a new contract  having broken down  ago with David Moyes unimpressed with the player’s form.

West Ham may be on brink of moving defender

Johnson  and his representatives have failed to moderate their demands on personal terms which Claret and Hugh understand to be the usually minimal terms of £60k a week.

It was thought that Everton were keen on the utility player but it now seems that Leeds United may be keen to offer him a temporary deal as they apparently see him as a possibly important addition to the squad.

He is of course now in the last few months of his current deal and is unlikely to cost much either in terms of a loan fee or permanent move.

It may not be the best idea to let him go in the current circumstances however as with injuries to defenders, Johnson has the versatility to cover at left and right back in particular.

However, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, Leeds are indeed interested because of precisely that and earlier in his career he also played in midfield.

The Hammers, however, seem determined to sell despite having allowed Thilo Kehrer, who could cover at right back, to depart for Monaco.

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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!"

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