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Johnson linked with Blues switch

Filed: Thursday, 10th July 2003
By: Graeme Howlett

Teenage defender Glen Johnson is the latest Hammer to be linked with a move away from Upton Park, with reports of a 6m bid from Chelsea being reported this morning.

Chelsea, according to this morning's Sun have had a 6m bid for the 18-year-old full-back accepted by West Ham.

According to the report, the deal comprises 4.5m up front with a further 1.5m depending on appearances.

And in addition to the fee, the story reports that Johnson will be loaned back to the Hammers for the whole of next season.

However there are no quotes from any of the parties involved, although the extent of the detail printed by the newspaper will concern many Hammers fans, desperate to see the likes of Johnson and young team-mates Cole and Defoe stay at Upton Park.

Earlier this week Johnson was quoted as being happy to remain at Upton Park, whilst he and his team mates prepare for the forthcoming season of Nationwide football.

"I feel refreshed and I am looking forward to getting back into it," he said. "It's been a strange summer, and I think everyone just wants to get on with trying our hardest to get back up to the Premiership.

"We know what we have to do. I didn't get to play much, but I will be hoping to push on this season and get a few more games under my belt at that level."

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