A new contract for Ben Johnnson is highly unlikely unless he lowers his ludicrous demands.

Something that the West Ham hierarchy are very stern about is their wage structure. David Sullivan has numbers in mind for each age group, experience level and quality that does not allow much flexibility. Overall, this has been quite beneficial to the Hammers but some players are not happy with what category they are put in.

One such player is Ben Johnson, who has refused to sign a new contract over disagreements about what sort of wage he should be receiving. Our own ExWHUEmployee has revealed on a number of occasions that the defender believes he should be earning more in line with the first team players, while the club values him slightly lower than that. 

Recently, Claret and Hugh have reported that his demands were as high as 60k per week. If this is the case, it is clear to see why an agreement can not be reached. For well over a year now, Johnson has been subpar and has struggled to make the bench at times. Considering that someone like Vladimir Coufal is only on 35k, the Academy of Football graduate simply must reevaluate himself. 

To put it bluntly, not a single club in the Premier League is going to pay a player like Johnson that high of a wage.

The Irons are considering selling him this January as they look to raise funds from fringe players, but they may struggle to offload him if he sticks to his guns.

Either way, it is in his best interests to be more realistic in his demands. it is unlikely that there is any team who would be willing to offer him that large of a sum. We know there is a quality player in there, if he showed it more often maybe the club might be more willing to give him what he desires.

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