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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.