Arsenal & Tottenham interested in signing West Ham defender


Reports coming out of Spain have credited north London giants Arsenal and Tottenham with an interest in West Ham defender, Ben Johnson.

As per, citing Spanish outlet Fichajes, Arsenal and Spurs are both interested in signing Johnson this summer.

Johnson is having an excellent season with the Hammers, which is also said to have piqued the attention of Liverpool.

No potential fee is mentioned in the report, but as the stopper is English, still only 22 and under contract until 2024, it is hard to see West Ham letting him go on the cheap.


Ben Johnson’s West Ham stint

London-born Johnson is a product of West Ham’s academy and has spent all of his career at the club.

It was not until last season, though, that he began to feature on a regular basis for the Hammers’ senior side.

The Englishman would notch 14 league appearances for West Ham in 2020/21, playing a role in the Londoners securing Europa League football.

And though he was largely used as a squad player last term, Johnson has since become much more of a regular feature in 2021/22.

The full-back has already featured 12 times in the Premier League this campaign, and has now made his Europa League debut, notching 90 minutes of action versus Rapid Vienna, and then against Genk.

Should Arsenal or Tottenham sign Johnson?

Of the two north London clubs, it is probably fair to say that Tottenham are more in need of a new right-back.

Antonio Conte is clearly not a fan of Spurs' previous first-choice right-back, Emerson Royal, with Matt Doherty having taken the Brazilian's place in the club's last outing.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could do with some back-up to Takehiro Tomiyasu. But if Johnson does move clubs, one would assume that it will be to somewhere he starts regularly, and it is hard to see that happening at Arsenal.

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