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Leeds United pushing to sign West Ham right-back Ben Johnson

Leeds United are encountering fierce competition in their pursuit of West Ham‘s Ben Johnson, with reports suggesting that Championship adversaries Southampton and Ipswich Town are closely monitoring the sidelined defender.

Johnson boasts a notable record, having participated in 109 matches for West Ham, contributing with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Additionally, the 24-year-old showcased his talent on the international stage, representing England U21 in 10 fixtures.

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

The interest in Johnson intensified during the January transfer window, particularly from Leeds, following the premature termination of Djed Spence’s loan from Tottenham by the Elland Road contingent.

Despite Leeds’ persistent efforts, West Ham remained adamant about retaining the services of the full-back at the London Stadium earlier this year. They were acutely aware of the looming risk of losing the former England Under-21 international for free this upcoming summer when his contract expires.

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Southampton and Ipswich Town have emerged as viable contenders in the race to secure Johnson’s signature, adding further complexity to Leeds United’s pursuit.

The versatile defender’s potential departure from West Ham has sparked significant speculation within the footballing community. While Leeds United initially appeared to be frontrunners in the race for Johnson, the emergence of interest from Southampton and Ipswich Town has heightened competition for his services.

Johnson’s contributions on the field, coupled with his experience at both club and international levels, make him an attractive prospect for any prospective suitors.

For West Ham, retaining Johnson’s services could prove to be a challenging task, especially with the allure of potential suitors vying for his signature.

Leeds United
Leeds United

Leeds United, Southampton, and Ipswich Town find themselves embroiled in a tug-of-war for Johnson’s services, each hoping to bolster their defensive ranks with his addition.

As the summer transfer window approaches, the fate of Ben Johnson remains uncertain. While West Ham holds the power to negotiate his future, the allure of a free transfer could prompt Johnson to explore greener pastures elsewhere.

Regardless of the outcome, the race for Ben Johnson’s signature underscores the competitive nature of modern football, where clubs constantly vie for top talent to strengthen their squads and enhance their prospects on the pitch.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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