Report: Crystal Palace ponder move for Liverpool’s Glen Johnson

Liverpool’s Glen Johnson is set to leave Anfield this summer.

Crystal Palace are considering making a summer move for soon-to-be out-of-contract Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, the Daily Star reports.

The former England international cost the Reds £18 million when he joined on a long-term deal from Portsmouth back in 2009, but after six years his time at Anfield is set to come to an end.

Johnson’s contract expires this summer, and with no new deal in sight, the 30-year-old admitted after the recent 1-0 defeat to Hull City that he doesn’t envisage being given an extension.

West Ham United have been credited with an interest in the player by the Daily Mail, a deal which would see Johnson return to the Hammers where he began his career before joining Premier League champions Chelsea in 2003.

However, as per the Daily Star, fellow Londoners Crystal Palace are also pondering a move on a Bosman after Alan Pardew was given the green light to strengthen his squad.

“Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is weighing up an offer for Liverpool defender Glen Johnson. Pardew has been told he can strengthen his squad after rescuing the Eagles from relegation and would be keen on signing the experienced former England right-back,” the Daily Star claims.

Johnson has made over 150 Premier League appearances for the Merseysiders, but this season he has spent much of the campaign restricted to a place on the bench.

He still possesses quality and would be a great signing for a number of top-flight clubs, especially those like West Ham and Palace who both have aspirations of cementing themselves in the top half.

However, his likely high wages could prove a stumbling block for the Eagles as Alan Pardew needs to be sensible in the summer market and now overstretch his expectedly limited budget.

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