Winger chased by trio
Liverpool have joined the race to land Manchester City star Adam Johnson but face a battle with Sunderland and Spurs for his signature.
The England wide man looks to have a limited future with the Champions, although Roberto Mancini has tried to persuade him to stay, and a move back to his native north east had looked to be on the cards.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also said to be interested as he looks to further strengthen his squad and Spurs are also said to be keen on the 25-year-old who is thought to be earning around £80,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium.
Mancini has not completely given up hope of retaining Johnson, but understands the Wearsider's desire to play regular football.
"Adam can have a future here but you should also understand when you are 23 or 24 years old, you want to play," said Mancini.
"If you are at a top team, you can't always do that, so I agree, if he wants to, he has to leave. But if that happens I will be so sorry because Adam is a good guy."