Everton push Sunderland to release Johnson for loan
The People says Roberto Martinez is on the lookout for a winger and the Black Cats are prepared to offload the 26-year-old England international.
However, the Toffees are unwilling to pay a fee to take the former Manchester City playmaker permanently.
But they are prepared to exercise the option of a temporary move with Martinez having enjoyed success in the loan market last season after capturing both Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku just before the window slammed shut.
For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball