Premiership clubs chase Birmingham’s Johnson

Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson could be on his way out of the club, according to The Daily Mail.

Johnson was signed by Birmingham two summers ago from Cardiff for £5 million and played in all 38 of Birmingham’s league games. Despite the club’s Carling Cup success, they were relegated on the final day of the season and several Premier League clubs look set to move for the star defender.

Blackburn Rovers could move for the player as a replacement for 19-year old Phil Jones, who looks set to join Manchester United in a £16 million deal. Sunderland are also keen on the 28-year old whilst last season’s relegation rivals Wolves have reportedly had a £6 million bid rejected.

Despite approaching the final year of his contract, Birmingham have quoted Sunderland a £14 million price tag and are keen to hold on to the central defender as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Johnson isn’t the only player linked with a move back to the Premiership with striker Cameron Jerome reportedly a target of Bolton. Likewise, the club’s top earner, 6ft 8in striker Nikola Zigic, could be free to leave in order to cut the cost of his £55,000 weekly wages.