Wigan to spend big for Everton's Johnson

Bruce will try to outbid rivals Middlesbrough, West Ham, Manchester City and Aston Villa for the England forward, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Latics tried to lure Johnson to the JJB Stadium when he quit Crystal Palace two seasons ago but he decided on a move to Everton.

Johnson played under Bruce at Birmingham City but the former Blues boss let him leave to go for Palace in a swap for Clinton Morrison.

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