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West Ham have edged ahead of Fulham in the race to sign Everton striker Andy Johnson, according to the News of the World.

The Hammers are in pole position to conclude a deal for the England international after using the proceeds from the sale of Bobby Zamora to Fulham to offer Everton £11m for Johnson. Fulham, who have already had a £5m bid for the former Crystal Palace striker turned down earlier this month, were ready to test the Toffees’ resolve to hold onto to the nippy forward by submitting a second offer believed to be worth £10m.

Johnson has scored 22 goals in 74 appearances for David Moyes’ side since signing for Everton from Palace in May 2006.