Newcastle are allegedly interested in signing West Ham United full-back Ben Johnson in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to club insiders Claret and Hugh who claims that Newcastle are closely monitoring the 22-year-old’s current contract situation with the Hammers.
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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will be keen to strengthen his full-back ranks at St James’ Park in the summer transfer window and the West Ham youngster appears to be a potential target for the Toon.
Ben Johnson has really impressed for West Ham so far this season. So much so that the West Ham owners tried to tie the 22-year-old down to a new six-year contract at the London Stadium but had to settle for activating a two-year extension option after the right-back wasn’t happy with the terms on offer from the club (The Evening Standard).
Claret and Hugh reckon that West Ham will offer the 22-year-old a ‘major new contract’ in the summer. It appears as though the Hammers owners could have a fight on their hands to keep hold of the talented young defender though…
Newcastle eye transfer window swoop for West Ham ace
Claret and Hugh reckon that the Hammers are aware of interest from the Magpies in acquiring Ben Johnson’s services in the summer.
Johnson has been described as an ‘amazing young player’ by The Sun. So keeping him at the London Stadium will be crucial for David Moyes.
It is alleged that West Ham are prepared to offer the 22-year-old a new five-year deal worth in excess of £30,000 per week (Claret and Hugh).
The problem for the Hammers is that Newcastle have the wealthiest owners in world football. So if they want to make a big statement by signing Johnson, they will easily be able to do that by throwing copious amounts of money at him.
I guess we just have to hope that Johnson remains loyal to West Ham and signs a new long-term deal with the East London outfit.
It will be vital for the West Ham board to show some real ambition in the summer as well if we are to keep hold of our best players.
Johnson certainly fits into that category.
And hopefully West Ham are able to resist any approaches from Newcastle during the summer transfer window.
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