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EVERTON striker Andy Johnson's club record pounds 13million move to Fulham is in doubt - after X-rays showed an old injury that is worrying Roy Hodgson's club.

Johnson's medical problem emerged yesterday and checks on his history reveal it is a problem he has had for years and before he went to Merseyside.

Fulham are struggling to get insurance cover for the former England forward and are also renegotiating terms with Everton about the method of payment.

The clubs are working overtime to save the deal, with Everton needing the cash for their own signings and Fulham keen to have a player they see as key to staying out of the relegation fight.

The west Londoners have had major problems in the past with players signing and then having injuries and their money men want to be sure this deal does not leave them in trouble.

Everton are quite relaxed and insiders believe the transfer will still go ahead, but with a major pay-as-you-play element.

There could yet be problems with Johnson if he was asked to settle for a similar arrangement. He is due to collect about pounds 50,000 a week from the move and would be reluctant to take a cut.

Johnson is staying in London as the talks go on, with Fulham hoping Everton accept the adjustment - they did the same themselves when they ran into problems with Joleon Lescott's medical when he joined from Wolves.

Everton boss David Moyes has made no secret of his need to bolster his squad in a disastrous week which saw chief executive Keith Wyness quit and another sorry pre-season performance by the team.

Hours after Wyness's departure Everton lost 2-0 to Chicago Fire in the US and had teenager James Vaughan sent off for an awful challenge.

It was Everton's third defeat in worrying pre-season preparation and Moyes read the riot act to his men and Vaughan in particular.

"It was a terrible tackle from James Vaughan," said Moyes. "I've told him and I just won't have that."

Everton play Colorado Rapids on Sunday before returning to the UK and Moyes said: "We can't hide the fact we need new players. Everybody knows it, I know it, the players know it.

"We have to get five or six players in before the season starts."


HOPEFUL Johnson met Fulham players this week at the testimonial for Dougie Freedman (pictured)
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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