The long term future of Ben Johnson at West Ham is unclear as contract talks have been postponed, it has been reported by ExWHUEmployee.

The Academy graduate has been in discussions with the club over extending his current deal, which expires in 2024, however talks have stalled due to wage expectations.

Ex revealed, whilst speaking on The West Ham Way Podcast, that Johnsons team expect a wage in line with other more senior players within the team including Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell.

However, West Ham believe that Johnson has not yet fully made the step to senior level and a wage at this time should represent a young player still working to establish himself in the Premier League.

As now talks have reached an impasse, the club have decided to postpone the negotiations with the view to resume talks at the end of the season in the hope that a compromise can be reached and Johnson will continue his career in East London.

The West Ham Way have reported previously that the right-back position is one that the club could look to strengthen if the right opportunity presents itself.

There is also the possibility that a forward could be explored with a number of previous targets being explored again including En Nesryi of Seville.

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