Johnson: Sticks with Wizards
Johnson: Sticks with Wizards

Johnson spurns switch to Rams

United States striker Eddie Johnson has decided at the last minute to reject an offer to join Premier League newcomers Derby County.

The Kansas City Wizards ace, the leading scorer in Major League Soccer this season, told the Kansas City Star he was close to agreeing a deal.

The 23-year-old, who spent some time in the MLS off-season training with Reading, said: "It was close, 95% of the way there."

After considering the offer, Johnson directed his agent to tell the Rams he would be remaining with the Wizards.

"I did what my heart felt," he added. "The money wasn't a problem. The money was great. But I'm a big believer that when my confidence is high, and I'm confident in what I'm doing, good things are yet to happen for me."

Johnson is enjoying his most productive season, scoring 12 goals in 11 games for Kansas City, including back-to-back hat tricks earlier in the season - an MLS first.

He did not rule out a move in future, saying: "I know if I keep doing what I'm doing, there are going to be other opportunities for me, and some are going to come up that I can't pass up."

Johnson revealed his contract is structured to give him final say over whether he is purchased by 15 designated clubs, one of which is Manchester United.

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