Ben Johnson “likely to be sold” by West Ham in January

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West Ham defender Ben Johnson is “likely to be sold” in the January transfer window, with his high wage demands not expected to be met by the club.

The 23-year-old has found himself out of favour at the London Stadium so far this season, with not a single minute of Premier League action coming his way.

In fact, Johnson’s only appearance has come in the EFL Cup and it is becoming increasingly likely that a move away from the Hammers could be on the cards.

The Englishman is contracted with West Ham until the end of this season, at which point he will be allowed to leave for free, should he fail to agree an extension.

Taking to X on Thursday morning, club insider Sean Whetstone, AKA @westhamfootball, provided a key update regarding Johnson’s future with the Hammers:

“Out of favour Hammer Ben Johnson’s contract demands have been revealed with his agents wanting a £60k a week for the player to sign a new deal at West Ham.
“Despite playing only one first team game this season at Lincoln City in the third round of the Carabao Cup, Johnson and his agents believe the club should agree to their extraordinary demands.
“Johnson played for the U21’s earlier this week to keep match fit and is likely to be sold in January if there are any takers.”
For Johnson to be pushing for £60,000 per week seems hugely ambitious, considering his current squad status, and it would be a major surprise if West Ham accepted those demands.
In truth, it looks as though a free transfer elsewhere next summer is the best outcome for all parties, allowing the defender to be a regular elsewhere, not to mention the east Londoners getting him off their books.
Johnson is still a young player and has been a solid servant for West Ham down the years, making a total of 88 appearances, but equally, it is hard to see him suddenly become a key man in a strong Hammers squad.
Should he lower his demands and accept less money, there is a chance that he and the club could reach a compromise, but as things stand, the end of his time in east London looks fairly predictable.

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