This is not great news for Toffees fans, who were hoping their club would land something in the region of £12 million for a striker who has become surplus to requirements at Goodison Park. However, just as the deal was set to go through, a medical at Craven Cottage has unearthed something which has caused the player’s price to be slashed.
The Daily Mail report that Andy Johnson will only be playing for Fulham next season if Everton agree to lower their price to around the £8 million mark.
But signs of an old knee injury surfaced when Johnson took a stringent medical and Fulham withdrew the original offer. They are unwilling to pay any more than £8m now, with Everton under pressure to accept the new terms or risk the transfer collapsing.
This was clearly cash that Everton were banking on, and they’re now only getting two-thirds of it. It’s inconceivable that they will pull out of the Johnson sale, especially as Fulham have every right to insist on a lower price for someone with a higher risk of injury than normal. With only two weeks until the start of the Premier League season, David Moyes has some work on his hands if he’s going to improve his current squad.