Rivals bid to keep midfielder
Manchester City are ready to head off Arsenal's interest in Michael Johnson by offering him a new long-term deal.
The Gunners are keen on landing the England under-21 international, who has already rejected the offer of a new five-year deal, but City boss Mark Hughes is planning to double his wages to £18,000 a week in a bid to keep him.
Arsene Wenger is still on the look out for at least one player to bolster his midfield before the transfer window closes and Johnson is known to be high on his wanted list.
Newcastle United are also interested in signing Johnson amid doubts about the future of City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, but Hughes will do all he can to keep hold.