Reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee has revealed that young defender Ben Johnson will be handed a new contract.

During The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM, EXWHUEmployee told fans that Johnson was set to be given a new deal.

Johnson recently made his West Ham first-team debut and is highly regarded by the club. The Hammers are hoping to tie him down to a new contract soon.

Ben Johnson at West Ham

Ben Johnson has been offered a new contract by West Ham. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Johnson joined West Ham at the age of seven and has since progressed through the ranks, right up to the senior squad.

Initially a winger, the teenager has been converted into a right-back and he has been the academy’s first-choice for a while now.

In January 2018, Johnson signed his first professional deal which was a testament to his hard work and good performances for the youth sides.

Up until the end of February, the 19-year-old’s only senior experience came in the EFL Trophy.

But Johnson fulfilled a boyhood dream last Wednesday when he was selected in West Ham’s starting line-up to face Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium.

Injuries to Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku suddenly thrust Johnson into the limelight as Manuel Pellegrini selected him as the starting left-back.

Johnson held his own for most of the game but was withdrawn with a minor calf injury midway through the second half.

The teenager has since returned to action for the under-23 squad but will be hoping to add more first-team games soon, especially if he signs his new deal.

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