West Ham eye move for veteran PL defender - report
By Dominic Toner
West Ham are interested in signing Stoke defender Glen Johnson, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Thursday (11:06) that the Hammers want to sign the 32-year-old as they seek cover at right-back.
It is understood that Stoke do have an option to extend Johnson’s deal as he currently has just six months left on his contract.
Johnson began his senior career with West Ham in 2002 and has gone on to become a successful player in the Premier League.
The defender has played for the likes of Liverpool, Portsmouth an Chelsea in the top-flight, winning the Premier League title in the 2004/05 season with the latter.
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He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year in the 2008/09 season for his performances with Portsmouth.
Johnson has been an important player for Mark Hughes at Stoke this season and has made 13 appearances across all competitions, with a couple of injuries restricting his game time.
The Englishman has cemented his place at right-back and has completed 90 minutes in each of Stoke’s last eight Premier League matches.
West Ham want to add some depth to their defensive options as Havard Nordtveit has been playing at right-back, while Sam Byram is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham could do with a right-back in January as they have been unfortunate in that position this season, but Johnson is not the player they should be going for. He is continuing to perform at a good standard from Stoke, but is certainly not a player for the long-term. The 32-year-old was even recalled to the England squad in October to the surprise of many people and could do a job until the end of the season. However, West Ham are trying to build a squad that can challenge for Europe in the future and the ageing Johnson does not fit that mould.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have been installed as strong favourites to sign a midfield goal machine from the Premier League.