Fulham are continuing to play hard ball with Andy Johnson over a new contract, despite Martin Jol’s hope that a deal could soon be concluded.

The Daily Mail claims that the former Everton striker, who saw bids for his services from QPR and Blackburn rejected during the transfer window, is unhappy at being asked to take a pay cut by Fulham. The previous sticking point in negotiations appeared to be the length of the proposed contract, with the 30 year-old after a two-year deal and Fulham only prepared to offer him a one-year extension. Laura Williamson’s report cites Johnson’s current wage as being £33,000-a-week, but the England international is believed to be on something closer to £40,000-per-week.

Johnson has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances for Fulham this season but his missed the last two fixtures due to a groin injury.