They’ve already done it once by bringing in Landon Donovan, and Everton could be set to follow the Premier League’s growing trend of bringing back former players with a bid to sign Fulham’s Andy Johnson.
Forward Johnson has been lined up for a move to Blackburn Rovers since before the January transfer window opened, but the 30-year-old has been stalling on a move to Ewood Park due to the club’s recent poor form and the protests directed at unpopular manager Steve Kean.
West Brom have also shown an interest in a man capped eight times for England, but Johnson is believed to favour a move back to former club Everton – for whom he played between 2006 and 2008.
The Blues would have to pay Fulham nowhere near the then club record £8.6m it took for them to prise Johnson away from Crystal Palace five-and-a-half years ago, which is good news for a club still under severe financial constraints.
Boss David Moyes is desperate to bring in a forward but is being forced to work with what little money chairman Bill Kenwright will give him. However, the Scot is confident that the longer he waits in the transfer window the more chance he has of sniffing out a bargain, and after urging Johnson not to make his move too hastily he believes he can secure his man for a second time for around £2m.
With Fulham desperate to sell as they chase other targets – including the Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky – Cottagers boss Martin Jol is pushing Johnson towards the exit door, but the forward’s refusal to go quickly could just see him return to club for whom he scored 22 goals in 74 games in his first spell.