MARTIN O’Neill is waiting to hear the outcome of Michael Turner’s talks with Norwich after confirming Sunderland have agreed a fee for the central defender.
Turner travelled down to Carrow Road yesterday to undergo a medical and negotiate personal terms with the Canaries after Sunderland accepted a bid for the 28-year-old, who has just 12 months remaining on his Black Cats contract.
Sunderland boss O’Neill said: “We’re just waiting for news to come through. We’ve given Michael permission to go and speak to Norwich and that’s where it stands at this minute. We’ll see what develops.
“A fee had been agreed between the two clubs, Michael has gone down there and I’m waiting to hear back.”
Turner’s impending sale comes just days after fellow centre-half Wes Brown suffered suspected knee ligament damage, with Sunderland yet to learn the fate of the former Manchester United man.
But even if Brown is ruled out on a long-term basis, O’Neill believes Sunderland are well-served at centre-half despite being linked with Aston Villa defender James Collins.
“He (Brown) will be assessed today. He is doing some scans and I’m hoping that the news is going to be okay,” added O’Neill.
“But his knee is really swollen.
“Norwich had asked us about it before Wes’ injury and so having given permission for Michael to go down there and the clubs having agreed a fee, it was just ironic that Wes got injured at the time.
“We will see what develops down in Norwich, but I am hoping that Wes’ injury is not as bad as it might have been.
“But we do have a number of centre-halves at the football club at the moment and priorities in strengthening are probably elsewhere.”