West Ham’s 23-year-old eyes January exit as contract talks break down

West Ham United right-back Ben Johnson, a product of the club’s academy since the age of seven, is reportedly discontented at the London Stadium and is eager to part ways with the club, writes the Hammer.News.

Despite being associated with West Ham for 16 years, the 23-year-old’s recent demands for a substantial new contract have added uncertainty to his future. Johnson, who burst onto the scene four-and-a-half years ago under Manuel Pellegrini, showcased promising potential and continued to impress under David Moyes. However, the last 12-18 months have witnessed a noticeable decline in his performance.

Facing regression and a notable absence from Moyes’s starting lineup, Johnson’s future at West Ham appears shaky. Recent talks regarding a new contract have reportedly broken down, heightening the likelihood of his departure from the London Stadium in January.

With his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2024, Johnson seems inclined to seek an exit sooner rather than later. While there have been indications that the defender might be released in the summer, the prospect of an earlier departure hinges on finding clubs willing to secure his services for a nominal fee.

Despite his London roots, Johnson’s performances this season have been underwhelming, prompting suggestions of an impending exit. Yet to feature in a single minute of Premier League action this term, it’s evident that Moyes may have lost confidence in the defender.

Given the reported breakdown in contract negotiations and the player’s desire to leave, a January exit for Ben Johnson could be the optimal resolution for all parties involved.