Last week, Hammer’s manager Sam Allardyce looked desperate to sign Reading’s Irish international Shane Long, but with Reading seemingly unwilling to sell to a rival in the Championship, Allardyce has once again turned to the Premier League to look for reinforcements.
Former Everton striker Johnson, who cost Fulham £10.5 million in 2008 has only one year remaining on his contract and West Ham are looking to land him on the cheap, offering around £2 million for the 30-year olds services.
After an injury-prone few seasons, Johnson is back in goalscoring form, netting twice under new boss Martin Jol in the Europa League. However Allardyce thinks he can tempt the striker with a move across London, with Hammer’s chairman David Gold making ominous noises and backing his manager: ‘I can say for certain we will at least bring in another striker. We will not leave a stone unturned to get the players Sam wants, as was the case with those we have already brought in.’
Fulham will be loathe to lose a striker who appears back in form, but may choose to negotiate a higher price and deal, rather than see him leave for nothing next year.