Leeds United would prefer to sign West Ham United defender Ben Johnson on loan in the ongoing transfer window, according to The Athletic.


Johnson started in West Ham’s 0-0 draw against Brighton earlier this month but it was only his second league appearance this season and his first start in the Premier League.


The defender’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he has rejected offers of a new contract from the Hammers.




Leeds are interested in signing Johnson as Daniel Farke looks to add a full-back to his squad in the ongoing window, amid losing Djed Spence and Luke Ayling.


However, despite his contractual situation, Leeds would prefer to get him on a loan deal this month.



The Whites are not keen to commit to a permanent deal and are exploring signing Johnson on loan.


West Ham would be open to sanctioning a loan move if they can get a loan fee as part of the agreement.



Johnson is prepared to move on from West Ham and he is likely to demand a guarantee of regular minutes from any of his suitors.