Glen Johnson Rejects Contract Extension, Queens Park Rangers Express Interest

Everyone is falling all over themselves to sign Johnson, I think? - Jamie McDonald

In possession of some of the highest wages at the club, Glen Johnson has rejected Liverpool's most recent terms for a contract extension, causing other clubs to come out of the woodwork.

Two truths and one lie: Glen Johnson has one year left on his contract, Glen Johnson had an unspectacular season in 2013/14, and Glen Johnson is likely to get the multi-year £120k/week contract extension from Liverpool FC that he is clearly hoping for.

The Guardian reported a week-and-a-half ago that contract talks had stalled over Johnson's refusal to sign on for less than two additional years. Despite FSG's work in keeping the wage bill to a reasonable size, Liverpool still offered Johnson his existing rate of £120k/week, but this hasn't been enough to sway the player into signing a one year extension that would keep him at Anfield until the end of 2015/16.

It's still far too early to determine if the two sides will come to a mutually agreeable arrangement regarding the contract, but this hasn't stopped reports of fledgling interest from other clubs. The Daily Star reports that Queens Park Rangers might be interested in securing the right back's services for the coming season now that they've won promotion back to the Premier League.

Johnson has a long history with QPR's manager, Harry Redknapp, having been at West Ham United's academy when 'Arry was manager, as well as at Portsmouth during Redknapp's second tenure at the current League Two club. QPR also possess a notoriously large wage bill that could support a hefty multi-year salary like Johnson's under the right circumstances.

Regardless of the truth of the QPR transfer rumour, Brendan Rodgers stated in the past that Johnson is part of his plans moving forward, although the degree to which he is a part of this plan remains unclear. With so much transfer speculation revolving around Liverpool's left back situation, the team's right back slot has been relatively under the radar. Alberto Moreno's potential arrival on Merseyside adds an additional kink to Johnson's status as it could result in a shift for Jon Flanagan back to his preferred right side of the pitch.

Failure to come to an agreement on a contract extension could see Johnson playing a final season on Merseyside before leaving on a free, but with Flanagan waiting in the wings and the left side shored up, it could be all the time Liverpool needs to buy before signing a replacement for Johnson for the 2015/16 season.

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