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Last Updated: Monday, 4 June 2007, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Everton say Johnson not for sale
Everton's England striker Andrew Johnson
Johnson is reported to be attracting interest from West Ham
Everton have responded to speculation surrounding Andrew Johnson by insisting the England striker is not for sale.

West Ham were reported to be preparing a 13m bid for Johnson, 26, who cost Everton 8.6m from Crystal Palace.

Chief executive Keith Wyness told Everton's website: "We've had no contact from any club, nor would we welcome any.

"While many Premiership clubs covet Andrew, he's made it perfectly clear he's happy to be an Everton player."

West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson said the Hammers were not planning a bid for Johnson or his Goodison Park team-mates Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.

Magnusson said: "I've had a very positive discussion with my good friend Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman, and can confirm that West Ham have not and are not bidding for any Everton player at this time."

Johnson scored 11 Premiership goals in his first season for the Toffees, helping them to Uefa Cup qualification, although injuries restricted him to 32 League appearances.

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He suffered a sprained ankle at West Ham on 21 April, and underwent subsequent surgery which has ruled him out of England Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia.

But Everton expect him to be fit to take part in pre-season training.

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