Everton and Sunderland lead chase for City ace

Manchester City are reportedly ready to offload misfiring winger Adam Johnson in the summer, according to The Daily Mail.

The England international attacker has frustrated during his time at the Etihad Stadium due to inconsistency, and has been a bit-part figure in Roberto Mancini’s plans of late.

Johnson joined City from Middlesbrough two years ago, and at times has shown scintillating ability for club and country, but also a mediocre work-rate and unwillingness to track back on occasion.

The wideman is thought to be annoyed with a lack of first-team opportunities, which may well rule him out of inclusion in England’s Euro 2012 squad.

A transfer fee in the region of £10 million is believed to be sufficient to capture the talented winger, with both Everton and Sunderland keen to add Johnson to their squads in the summer.

The sizeable fee, plus wages of around £50,000 per week, may be pushing the cash-strapped Goodison Park club’s budget, but the Bantams would have the resources to successfully capture the England man.

By Gareth McKnight