The England international is close to completing a switch from Manchester City in a deal worth £10m plus up to £5m of add-ons after falling out of favour at the EtihadBy Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Adam Johnson is due to arrive at Sunderland for a medical on Friday as he closes in on a £15 million move from Manchester City, Goal.com has learned.
The England international is poised to become Martin O’Neill’s second major signing in close succession after the Black Cats announced the capture of Steven Fletcher from Wolves on Friday for an initial £12m.
Sources have told Goal.com that Sunderland have agreed to pay an initial £10m for Johnson, although the deal could rise to £15m including add-ons.
Sunderland are finalising the details of his move from the Premier League champions and are confident they have beaten off interest from Tottenham and Liverpool, who had both expressed an interest in taking the player from the Etihad Stadium.
Johnson is expected to become the highest paid player in the North-East club’s history after signing a lucrative contract extension with City last November, tying him to the club until 2015.
It is understood that Johnson could even sign for the Wearsiders in the next 24 hours.
Goal.com revealed at the start of the month that Roberto Mancini was ready to sanction the England international’s departure and then disclosed last Saturday that the 25-year-old was set to complete a move to his home-town club.
Johnson will be replaced at Etihad Stadium by fellow wide man Scott Sinclair, who was left out of the Swansea starting XI for Saturday’s 5-0 win at QPR after telling the Welsh club he did not want to extend a contract that is due to expire next summer.
It is understood that City have agreed to pay £6m up front for Sinclair, with the deal possibly rising to £8m.
O’Neill is also looking to bring in a centre-back and a left-back before the transfer window closes on August 31.
He has made an enquiry for Michael Dawson, who has been made available for transfer by Tottenham, and has also targeted fellow Spur Danny Rose on a season-long loan.