Premier League defender admits to interest in Liverpool or United move

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Birmingham defender Roger Johnson has leant weight to rumours of a January move to Liverpool or Manchester United by admitting he would consider a move to a bigger club.

Johnson has impressed so far this season and has been a big player in the Birmingham team that has risen to the middle of the Premier League.

The 27-year-old has seen his stock rise and, as well as being linked to clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton, has been tipped for a surprise England call up.

And the ambitious centre-back has admitted a move to a club fighting for a place in Europe would appeal to him.

“When it comes to a move or an England call, they are things that I have got to look to do, otherwise it means that I am settling for what I have achieved,” he told the BBC.

“If a big move comes in then I would have to think about it. There's no way I would be forcing the issue.

“The speculation is nice. You don't know how true paper quotes are sometimes but it's nice to see it.

“But I'll do the same as I did at every other club - if the gaffer pulls me into his office and says there has been an offer then that's when I will start talking about it. Until then it is all paper talk.”

Liverpool have made a disappointing start to the new season and are reportedly looking to add to their squad in January.

However, they will be put off by Johnson’s age, especially after new owner John W Henry insisted the Anfield club will not pay big money for older players.

Manchester United do not desperately need a central defender, with the partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand getting back on track and Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans in reserve at Old Trafford.

A move to Goodison Park could be the most plausible option for Johnson, as David Moyes is reported to want to challenge Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson for his signature.

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