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Johnson not for sale, says Moyes

Andrew Johnson
Johnson has scored 22 goals in two seasons with Everton

Everton manager David Moyes has insisted that England striker Andrew Johnson is not for sale.

Speculation has mounted over the 27-year-old's future, with several clubs reportedly interested in him.

However, Moyes has moved quickly to dispel the rumours and said the club have no intention of letting him leave as he remains a key part of his plans.

"Andy Johnson is not for sale - it is that simple," Moyes told the official club website.

"He is a highly-valued member of my senior squad and I look forward to seeing him when the players report back for pre-season training."

Johnson joined Everton in 2006 for 8.6m from Crystal Palace and has scored 22 goals in all competitions from 64 starts.

He only signed a new five-year deal with the club in November 2007 after being linked with a move to West Ham.

Meanwhile, Everton have concerns over the fitness of Tony Hibbert and Joseph Yobo ahead of the new season.

Right-back Hibbert ruptured his medial ligaments in the penultimate game of last season against Arsenal and faces an anxious wait to see if he will require surgery.

"I'm hoping for the specialist to say that I won't need an operation and I just want to kick on from where I am now," Hibbert told evertonTV.

"We didn't realise at first how bad it was and then the specialist said it was bad - but it's just one of those things."

Yobo has revealed that he has been suffering from an ankle knock while on international duty with Nigeria this summer.

The defender said he has been playing through the pain for his country but is confident he will be fit in time for Everton's Premier League opener against Blackburn on 16 August.

"What many people don't know is that I have been playing with an ankle injury," he confirmed.

"I was supposed to rest it but we had crucial games to play and we were short at the back so I was needed because of injuries so I just had to force myself to play.

"The medical team here in Nigeria have been great and they helped me to manage it for this period.

"Now I have to give it the rest it needs so I can be ready for pre-season training with my club."

see also
Everton back Uefa financial plan
27 Jun 08 |  Everton
New Everton stadium plans passed
09 Jun 08 |  Merseyside
Johnson agrees new Everton deal
06 Nov 07 |  Everton
Everton say Johnson not for sale
04 Jun 07 |  Everton
Everton complete Johnson capture
30 May 06 |  Football

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