Johnson not for sale
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Simon Jordan insists that star striker Andrew Johnson will not be leaving the club.
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan insists that star striker Andrew Johnson will not be leaving the club this summer.
The England international has emerged as a target for several Premiership sides but both Jordan and manager Iain Dowie are determined to resist all approaches for last season's leading scorer.
Indeed, the Palace supremo is looking forward to the transfer window slamming shut at the end of August so he can be proved right.
"I've made it very clear," Jordan told Sky Sports News. "Andrew is a fantastic lad and a fantastic player but he's our player.
"It's not a positioning statement, it's not the age-old tactic of telling someone you don't want to sell him to hike the price.
"I'm not interested in anyone making an offer for Andrew Johnson.
"I'm sure Andrew may well be, but myself and Iain are absolutely resolute. We are not going to sell this player.
"It is almost a mission for me now for me to stick two fingers up at 12 o'clock midnight on August 31 and say I told you we weren't going to sell him because everyone thinks we're going to.
"We had one bid from Spurs that they put formally in writing and, after I picked myself up off the floor laughing, I put it in the bin.
"It was for two players - Wayne Routledge and Andy Johnson - and was for £7.5 million."