Well, whatever Roy Hodgson says about unfounded rumors, the fact is that the delay in signing the former Everton striker probably had to do with his medical than anything else, but the deal is finally done. Officially, the transfer fee is undisclosed, but Fulham had previously offered in the neighborhood of £13 million. If Johnson wasn't fully fit, I figure it may have dropped by £1 or £2 million at most. This would still make Johnson the Cottages most expensive signing of the summer.
Hodgson is hoping Johnson can pair up with strikers like Eddie Johnson, Bobby Zamora and Erik Nevland to help Fulham find the back of the net with a little more regularity this year.
Johnson is probably the last big signing that Hodgson will make this summer. With the additions of Zamora, Zoltan Gera and now Andy Johnson, my concerns about goal scoring a put something at ease. The signings of Frederik Stoor and John Pantsil ease my right back concers. Mark Schwarzer in net is quality.
So at least on paper, things are looking better for Fulham as the season is set to start in a little over a week with a trip to Hull City. A final friendly is scheduled against Torino at Craven Cottage on Saturday.