Winger wants to stay in the north.
Manchester City forward Adam Johnson has rejected the chance to speak to Tottenham but could still join Liverpool or Sunderland.
All three clubs made an enquiry about the unhappy winger on Thursday, with City granting each permission to discuss terms with the 25-year-old while a fee was being agreed.
It is understood that Johnson has declined to talk to Tottenham as he wants to stay in the north of England and does not feel he would be guaranteed regular football at White Hart Lane, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon already on the club’s books.
The former Middlesbrough winger, who supported Sunderland as a boy, will discuss terms with the Black Cats today and boss Martin O’Neill is hopeful of agreeing a fee with City before the close of the transfer window on 31 August.
Johnson favours a return to the north east, particularly as Sunderland can guarantee him first-team football, and admires O’Neill’s record of bringing the best out of the likes of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing during the Northern Irishman’s time as Aston Villa boss.
Liverpool, however, remain hopeful of convincing Downing to move to Merseyside, although much will depend on their purusit of Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, who remains first choice.
City are desperate to offload Johnson before the end of the month and are waiting to move for Swansea’s Scott Sinclair, who is regarded as a more promising player by boss Roberto Mancini.
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