Toffees sweat as Johnson talks to Wigan, Bolton

May 26, 2006

Everton risk missing out on transfer target Andrew Johnson after Crystal Palace accepted bids from Wigan and Bolton for the striker.

Both Lancashire clubs have offered £8.5million for Johnson - which matches Palace's valuation of the England international - while Everton have yet to put that amount on the table.

Johnson is due to hold talks with Wigan today, and he could also meet Bolton as the towns are just 10 miles apart.

'Crystal Palace have accepted another bid for Andrew Johnson, after Bolton Wanderers offered £8.5million for the player on Thursday,' read a statement on Palace's official website.

'The offer from Sam Allardyce's side matches the one made on Wednesday by Wigan Athletic, and therefore the 25-year-old now has permission to speak to both Lancashire clubs.'

Simon Jordan told PA Sport on Wednesday that Everton were also interested in the player but had not matched his valuation, while he also believes Portsmouth are interested.

Jordan persuaded Johnson to sign a new five-year deal with Palace last summer, but their failure to make an instant return to the Barclays Premiership meant the former Birmingham striker resolved to leave Selhurst Park.

Bolton's bid comes after Jordan had informed them that Wigan were 'in the box seat' to sign Johnson, and that the Trotters were running out of time if they wished to bring him in.