Ben Johnson’s future at West Ham is in doubt ahead amid interest from a top Championship side, reports state.

When he first broke into the starting XI, Ben Johnson looked like he could be yet another top quality player to come out of ‘The Academy of Football’. Over the next couple of seasons, he would go on to establish himself as a reliable option anywhere across the back line. But over the last two seasons he has fallen down the pecking order in East London.

With the defender believing he deserves a much higher wage than the board feel he is entitled to, it seems unlikely his contract will be extended past it’s expiry date this Summer. Therefore, it makes much more sense for the Hammers to try to get some sort of money for him in January than to let him go for nothing in a matter of months.

In the Summer, there were reports of him making a move to either Everton or Southampton and GIVEMESPORT believe that the latter could come in for him in the January transfer window.

Southampton sit 4th in the Championship as it stands, on the same points as Leeds. Given that they are 10 points behind 2nd place Ipswich, it seems like their only chance of getting promoted is through the playoffs. Someone like Johnson, who has plenty of Premier League experience, could be exactly what they need to bounce back to the top flight.

Interestingly, the Saints have also shown some interest in re-signing Danny Ings, while the Irons are apparently contemplating a move for Kyle Walker-Peters. The two clubs could potentially agree a deal where both of them get the players they desire.

Whatever happens, it is almost certain that this will be the last season we see Johnson play in claret and blue, it’s just about whether the club are able to get something for him or whether he goes on a free in the Summer.

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