My how a couple of weeks changes things. After making a public statement that their star striker wasn’t for sale, it appears that Everton could be on the verge of reneging on their current comments by allowing their £10m striker to move on.
The Daily Mail reports that Everton have received a bid from Sunderland, and after much consideration, the club could be ready to finally let go of Andy Johnson.
Although manager David Moyes would be happy to keep the player he realises his sale can help finance other moves, with Tottenham striker Darren Bent a likely target.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed last month that Sunderland had switched their sights to Johnson after, ironically, growing frustrated in their own pursuit of Bent with Tottenham determined to recoup as close to the £16.5m they spent on him last year.
Everton, however, see the 24-year-old as a suitable replacement for Johnson as he provides similar pace but more height. (Daily Mail)
Johnson has been on the edge for some time now, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that he could be out the door; with Darren Bent currently waiting in the wings as a potential replacement, this move now seems inevitable.
Are Everton supporters prepared to lose Johnson in their pursuit of Darren Bent as a potential target?