SUNDERLAND have capped a remarkable day in the transfer market by completing a deal for England winger Adam Johnson.
The Black Cats sealed a £12m move for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher this morning and tonight unveiled Johnson – two-and-a-half years after first trying to sign the Easington-born player.
Johnson has penned a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee, although Sunderland are thought to have paid Manchester City around £10m for the 25-year-old.
Sunderland have fended off interest from Spurs to land Johnson, who missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad during the summer.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill said: “Adding quality players to the squad has been our main aim this summer and Adam certainly fits that bill.
“He has terrific ability, great delivery and I’m sure he is a player who will excite our fans. I couldn’t be more delighted to have him at the football club.”
Sunderland were in pole position to sign Johnson from Middlesbrough in January 2010, only for City to gazump the Black Cats with a lucrative offer.
But the Wearsiders have maintained an interest in Johnson ever since and have been persistently linked with loan moves, with half of the Boro academy product’s appearances for City coming from the bench.
Sunderland were one of several clubs hoping to take advantage of Johnson’s growing frustration this summer, with O’Neill admitting this morning that the Black Cats were facing a tough transfer battle with Tottenham.
But Sunderland’s persistence has paid off and Johnson becomes Sunderland’s fourth summer signing after Fletcher, Louis Saha and Carlos Cuellar.