Contract rebel wants West Ham to triple wages to staggering amount
- Mike Johnshon
- 09 Nov, 2023
Ben Johnson, who has been hesitant to commit to a new contract with West Ham, reportedly aims for a significant threefold increase in his wages, as indicated by a source connected to the club's board.
Initially seen as a potential solution to West Ham's issues in the full-back position under David Moyes, Johnson has encountered difficulties in solidifying his place in the team.
His performances, when given playing opportunities last season, faced widespread criticism from the club's fans.
Considered by many supporters as, at best, a versatile player, Johnson's refusal to sign a long-term deal with the Hammers surprised and puzzled some.
Talks regarding a new contract have ceased since reports surfaced that the academy graduate turned down a proposed six-and-a-half-year deal from the club.
Despite West Ham's willingness to offer him an extended contract, several fans were astonished, considering his lackluster performances.
Johnson's link to potential moves to clubs like Everton emerged both last summer and in the most recent January transfer window.
During the summer, Moyes expressed his eagerness to retain Johnson at West Ham, although acknowledging the player's reluctance to sign a new deal.
Now, disclosed by a source close to vice-chair Karren Brady and co-owner David Sullivan, are Johnson's wage demands.
The board insider, Sean Whetstone, claims Johnson, presently earning £20,000 per week according to Spotrac, is requesting an increase to £60,000 per week to remain at the club.
These demands are termed 'extraordinary,' and Whetstone suggests that Johnson is likely to be put up for sale in January if any clubs express interest in acquiring him.
“Out of favour Hammer Ben Johnson’s contract demands have been revealed with his agents wanting a £60k a week for the player to sign a new deal at West Ham,” he said.
“Despite playing only one first team game this season at Lincoln City in the third round of the Carabao Cup, Johnson and his agents believe the club should agree to their extraordinary demands.
“Johnson played for the U21’s earlier this week to keep match fit and is likely to be sold in January if there are any takers.”
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