MANCHESTER City midfielder Jack Rodwell is on the verge of agreeing a permanent move to Sunderland.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet confirmed after Saturday’s final pre-season friendly in Portugal that he was hopeful of several imminent breakthroughs in the transfer market.
Rodwell will be the first of those new arrivals, with the England international at the Academy of Light to undergo a medical and pen a five-year deal at the Stadium of Light after a fee was agreed with Man City.
The Black Cats are one of a number of Premier League clubs who have been pursuing Rodwell throughout the summer, with City ready to let the 23-year-old leave after making just seven top-flight starts since a £12m move from Everton in the summer of 2012.
Rodwell’s agent, who also represents ex-Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner, is understood to have held talks with all interested parties last week.
And Sunderland emerged as the front-runners, with Poyet keen to add to his options in the middle of the park.
Sunderland lost Gardner, Ki Sung-Yueng and Jack Colback at the end of last season, with only Jordi Gomez arriving in midfield so far this summer.
Poyet said last week he was looking for a high-energy midfielder and Rodwell fits that mould.
“We are looking for a box-to-box midfielder who can give us some goals,” said Poyet. “That’s not an easy one. Midfielders who are scoring goals are quite expensive.”