Johnson ‘too pricey for Villa’, while QPR man remains defiant

Aston Villa’s new wage restrictions could price them out of a move for Andy Johnson, according to The Daily Mirror.

Villa manager Alex McLeish is apparently interested in the Fulham striker, whose contract expires in the summer, but has been told new recruits must not earn more than £40,000-a-week.

Johnson has been linked with a move from Fulham for some time and West Brom boss Roy Hodgson last week said that there was “no foundation whatsoever” in reports he wants to sign the player.

Meanwhile, a number of today’s papers report comments made by QPR defender Nedum Onouha following his team’s defeat against Hodgson’s side on Saturday.

Onuoha remains confident Rangers will avoid relegation, and said: “We shouldn’t get too down-hearted about it. If the season finished now, we would be safe.

“I am very hopeful of staying up. Hope is the one thing that transcends fear.”

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