The Mirror reports that Blackburn Rovers are planning to make Andy Johnson their first signing of the January transfer window.

Beleaguered Blackburn boss Steve Kean is set to secure the go ahead to bring in the former England striker for a cut-price fee of around ¬£2m after a meeting with club director¬†Vineeth Rao this week. Venky’s have reportedly sanctioned Johnson’s ¬£40,000-a-week wage demands, which were one of the stumbling blocks preventing him from agreeing a contract extension at Craven Cottage.

The 30 year-old has scored 11 goals in 26 appearances for Fulham this season but has not found the net since November’s 4-1 thumping of Wisla Krakow in the Europa League. He was sent off in the defeat by FC Twente and missed Martin Jol’s side’s shock exit against Odense as a result. Johnson has only managed 27 goals for the club in 104 appearances in the three years since his big money move from Everton.