West Ham United are hoping a player who impressed David Moyes in pre-season will buck the current trend and sign a new deal.
West Ham have been trying to get Declan Rice and Vladimir Coufal tied down to new contracts.
The Hammers have had little joy on that front as yet with neither penning new and improved deals.
There are no immediate worries on either player with both having plenty of time left on their West Ham contracts.
But now West Ham are hoping utility first team starlet Ben Johnson will buck the trend and agree a new deal soon.
That’s according to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh.
Johnson impressed Moyes in pre-season as he played in a variety of positions including left wingback, right-back and midfield.
The 21-year-old even shone in central midfield in one particular game against Reading where he scored a stunning Lionel Messi-esque goal.
And he will be offered a new contract at West Ham this season with talks already underway according to Claret and Hugh.
“Ben has yet to feature this season but is currently seen as natural cover at right and left back with manager David Moyes is keen to keep the youngster on board,” Claret and Hugh claim.
“He signed a new deal in 2019 which takes him through until 2022 and is seen very much as part of the Hammers future…
“In the meantime talks will continue on a new contract with a three year deal the likely offer.”
Johnson is expected to start at left-back for West Ham with Aaron Cresswell rested in the Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
West Ham will want to get a deal tied up soon as Johnson will be free to speak to foreign clubs in January with a view to leaving on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer.
The club has no such concerns in that respect, though, with agreeing a three-year extension thought to be a matter of course.
Johnson comes from fine footballing stock. His uncle is former Manchester United and England star Paul Parker.
And his cousin Ledley King is a Tottenham legend who is now involved with the Spurs coaching staff.