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Portsmouth expect to lose Johnson

Glen Johnson
Johnson was one of Portsmouth's top performers last season

Portsmouth have admitted defender Glen Johnson is likely to leave this summer.

Pompey executive chairman Peter Storrie said a number of Premier League clubs have shown an interest in signing the 24-year-old right-back.

"It is very hard to hold someone back in Glen's situation. I accept that," said Storrie.

"We need to be fair to Glen, see what Glen wants to do and see what is right for him and Portsmouth. Something may happen in the not-too-distant future."

Liverpool and Manchester City are among the clubs who are reportedly interested in signing Johnson, who established himself as England's first-choice right-back last season.


Pompey value Johnson, who only signed a new four-year contract in January, at about £18m and would only allow him to leave if their valuation was reached.

"Glen has obviously had a fantastic season for us and has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the league if not the country at the moment," former West Ham managing director Storrie told Sky Sports News.

"I've known Glen for a long time since his West Ham days so when I re-signed him we talked it over and he asked if one of the big four clubs, who were in the Champions League, came in for him would we stand in his way of a move.

"I said that I couldn't do that, provided the deal is good for Portsmouth and for Glen."

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