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The Merseyside club are apparently preparing a loan offer for the England international as David Moyes looks to add depth to the Toffees' squad despite a small transfer budget

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Everton are preparing to make a season-long loan offer for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, according to The Daily Mirror.

Manager David Moyes has yet to replace South African Steven Pienaar since his departure to Tottenham back in January and reportedly feels that a loan move for Johnson could prove the perfect solution for the coming season.

It would seem that Johnson himself would also be keen on such a move, having fallen behind David Silva in the pecking order at Eastlands. The ex-Middlesbrough winger wants to secure first-team football in order to fight for his place in Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 England squad.

Roberto Mancini has openly stated that he is looking to bring in a new winger, something that would limit even further Johnson’s first-team opportunities. Last season more than half of his 31 Premier League appearances were as a substitute coming off the bench.

The suggested loan move could be a perfect fit for both City and Everton, with the former unwilling to let one of their brightest prospects leave permanently and the latter operating in the transfer market with a very restricted budget.

Interest is high in Johnson this summer, with reports suggesting that Chelsea are also keen on the winger, although on a full-time basis. However, this is something Manchester City would be keen to avoid - especially selling to a club that they consider major title rivals, making a temporary transfer to Goodison Park a more likely outcome.

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