Transfer News: A move is being made for West Ham United defender Ben Johnson, putting Leeds United on red alert.

Leeds United are on red alert after Feyenoord made a transfer approach for West Ham defender Ben Johnson, according to the Sunday People.

The newspaper reported in its print edition on Sunday (31 March, page 53) that the Dutch giants have approached the versatile Englishman whose contract at the London Stadium is set to expire at the end of the season.

Johnson is allowed to speak to foreign clubs having entered the final six months of his deal and both Villarreal and Real Betis have been tracking him ahead of a potential summer switch.

Feyenoord’s interest has alerted Crystal Palace who currently lead the domestic race for Johnson while both Leeds and Southampton are monitoring the situation as they look to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

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Leeds United were understood to be interested in Ben Johnson on loan during the January transfer window at Elland Road, but that deal never came to light with Connor Roberts instead joining Daniel Farke’s squad.

The Englishman’s versatility makes him an exciting option for a number of clubs as he has shown that he is capable of playing anywhere across a back four and even in more advanced roles under David Moyes this season.

If Farke’s squad win promotion back to the Premier League, Johnson’s experience would be a massive boost to the squad in their first season back in the top flight and could potentially allow Archie Gray to play further forward.

The question will be whether or not the Whites can win the race for his signature when foreign sides have a six-month head start to get a transfer over the line. Hopefully, the opportunity to move to Elland Road and remain in England will put him off of agreeing terms with Feyenoord.

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