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Fulham have reportedly submitted a £10m bid for Everton striker Andy Johnson as the Whites look to put together an all-new front two.

Everton had been holding out for a fee of around £10m before allowing the England international to leave Goodison Park – and Fulham had previously fallen short of that mark, valuing the former Crystal Palace striker at closer to £8.5m. The 26 year-old has been the subject of fevered transfer speculation this summer with Wigan Athletic and Sunderland also interested in signing him, but those two suitors have been discouraged by Everton’s valuation.

Johnson was spotted at Deepdale last night where Everton were playing Preston North End but he left the stadium before half time. His absence was not thought to be injury related after he came through the full ninety minutes in a friendly against Cambridge United on Saturday. Johnson is reportedly interested in returning to the capital, having previously been targeted by West Ham, and is excited by the prospect of regular first-team football, which he has found hard to come by of late on Merseyside.

A deal for Johnson would allow David Moyes to press ahead with his own summer signings, with the Scot’s targets thought to include Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho and Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito.