West Ham United have confirmed that both Ben Johnson and Divin Mubama will leave the club on the expiry of their contracts on 30 June 2024.

The club tried to tie both down to new long-term contracts, however, they were unable to strike an agreement so both will depart this summer. Ben Johnson looks almost nailed on to join newly promoted Ipswich Town, while Mubama has been linked to a host of Championship clubs.

Ben Johnson is the one the majority of West Ham fans will be most disappointed to see go. The Waltham Forest-born defender spent 17 years at the club, joining as a seven-year-old.

The versatile defender secured his first professional contract at the club in 2018, before being given his Premier League debut by Manuel Pellegrini against Manchester City in February 2019. He played left-back on the day, and played very well, only losing 1-0 to a Sergio Aguero penalty.

Johnson went on to make 100 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring two goals. He will be remembered mainly for his importance in our history run to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals in 21/22. He featured eight times, including all six knockout ties against Sevilla, Lyon and Frankfurt.

It was the Sevilla games Johnson really impressed in, which made then Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui keen to keep him around at the club, but it wasn’t to be. The England U21 international also made eight appearances in the Conference League winning campaign.

Divin Mubama also had an important role in the Conference League victory, he made his first team debut against FCSB in Romania, before scoring his first and only senior goal against AEK Larnaca in the Round of 16 in March 2023.

The now 19-year-old was a crucial part of the U18 Premier League South and FA Youth Cup victories in 2022/23, winning the Mark Noble Young Hammer of the Year in the same campaign. Mubama has also represented England at all levels from U15 to U20.

West Ham fans will be disappointed to see two academy graduates go, but not many would deny that both players could be improved upon with new signings.