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Johnson Set to Reject Two Year, Half Salary Contract Offer

He's been waiting months for a revised contract offer from Liverpool FC, and now that he has it looks as though Glen Johnson is set to reject this one as well.

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Liverpool and Glen Johnson have been struggling for months to come to an agreement regarding the fullback's future that is mutually beneficial to both parties. Although things had remained quiet on that front when Johnson spoke about it nearly six weeks ago, it seems that talks have not only been reopened but an offer has been put on the table.

After previously rejecting a one year extension at his current £120k/week wages, the club have allegedly offered Johnson his much desired two year extension, but with a catch: he needs to take a massive wage cut to get it. As reported by both the Mirror and the Daily Mail, the club want to free up some space on the wage bill by reducing Johnson to £60k/week. It's still a massive sum to the average person, but halving one's salary as a football player mere months after turning thirty is unlikely to be an incentive for Johnson.

Unsurprisingly, Johnson is apparently set to reject the offer with Liverpool failing to give him both the length and value of contract he was seeking. Despite recent injuries and being snubbed for a call up during the most recent international break, at thirty years old Johnson still has lots of play left in him and it isn't shocking that he might hope to do that for his existing wages on a more secure contract.

With January just around the corner, there's always the possibility of a move away for Johnson. Linked with a variety of Serie A clubs over the past six months, allowing the player to leave in the next transfer window would be the club's last opportunity to get a small transfer fee out of any move. Liverpool's injury list is getting longer by the day, though, and Brendan Rodgers may be perfectly willing to let Johnson go on a free at the end of the season if it means maintaining a little bit of defensive depth until the end of May.

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