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.”