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Leeds United likely to miss out on Ben Johnson

Leeds United may have missed out on signing West Ham defender Ben Johnson in the January transfer window. 

Phil Hay reported earlier this month that the Whites have registered an interest in the versatile defender and they prefer a loan move for him.

Johnson has only a few months left in his £33k-per-week contract at the London Stadium and will become a free agent next summer. Leeds needed to pay a fee to sign him on loan, and the deal never materialized in the end.

Now, according to David Ornstein of the Athletic, West Ham have made it clear that Johnson will not leave the club with only a day left in the window to slam shut. Recently Crystal Palace made an attempt to sign the 23-year-old full-back, but they were told the player won’t be sold.

Signing a new defender is a priority for Daniel Farke but they have been unsuccessful in their attempt so far. Having lost Djede Spense and Luke Ayling this month, signing a new full-back has become a top priority for the Whites.

Johnson has struggled for regular games at West Ham this season. He has loads of Premier League experience and would have been a smart addition to the squad. Moreover, he will become a free agent in a few months and Leeds could have taken a gamble.

However, it is understandable that David Moyes doesn’t want to weaken the side, especially when he has no plans to sign a replacement so late in the window. Had Leeds made a move earlier this month, they probably could have managed to sign the player. Now, there is no chance.

The Whites have been linked with players like Connor Roberts and Neco Williams this month. A deal for Williams is never going to happen, but there is a chance of signing Roberts. Burnley are willing to let him go before tomorrow’s deadline, so the Whites may have a chance to land him.

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