Moyes admits he really wants to keep West Ham player but he’s refusing to extend the contract

West Ham’s manager, David Moyes, has expressed his strong desire to retain Ben Johnson within the team’s ranks, despite the player’s reluctance to commit to a new contract following stalled talks, relays the Hammers.News.

While West Ham’s recent focus has largely revolved around summer transfer window signings, the club has faced ongoing speculation surrounding the future of Ben Johnson. Initially seen as a potential solution to the team’s full-back concerns, Johnson’s journey under David Moyes has been marked by challenges in solidifying his place in the starting lineup. His performances in the previous season were met with criticism from West Ham fans when he did receive game time.

Utility player Johnson’s decision to reject a proposed six-and-a-half-year contract from West Ham raised eyebrows, especially given his struggles to make a significant impact on the pitch. His refusal to sign a new deal has left discussions in an impasse since The Athletic unveiled his decision.

Rumors linking Johnson with a transfer to Everton surfaced in the past, resurfacing during both the January transfer window and the current summer transfer period. More recently, Southampton has been linked to a potential move for the defender. According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, several Premier League and Championship clubs are closely monitoring Johnson’s situation at West Ham.

During a pre-match press conference on Friday, the subject of Johnson’s future was brought to David Moyes’ attention. Moyes candidly revealed his desire to retain Johnson’s services, despite the contractual standoff.

Moyes commented, “Well, I don’t want Ben to go, but we offered Ben a contract maybe a year and a half ago or so and we’ve not been able to get to any point of agreement on it… He’s a great boy, I really like him, I really hope he stays. He came through the youth system at West Ham and we certainly wouldn’t want to lose him if we can help it.”

Moyes acknowledged the complexities of the football landscape, with contracts and player welfare playing a pivotal role. Reflecting on conversations he had with Johnson at the close of the previous season, Moyes emphasized the club’s genuine interest in retaining the young talent.

The standoff surrounding Johnson’s contract situation adds an intriguing layer to West Ham’s ongoing developments, as the club strives to balance its roster and secure players’ futures amidst the evolving dynamics of the football industry.