Sunderland look set to have won the race to sign Adam Johnson from Manchester City and will tie up a £10 million deal soon, The Sun state.
The England international has found first-team opportunities limited at the Etihad Stadium of late, and is said to be frustrated at having to watch on from the sidelines.
With the Premier League holders eager to reduce their wage bill and balance the books in light of the upcoming Fifa Financial Fairplay rulings, the sale of Johnson is in both parties’ interest.
The Black Cats are set to beat the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton to the wideman’s signature, with Johnson ready to put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
The fee will have a number of add-ons included in it also, that will mean that the final figure may well rise as high as £15 million.
Johnson’s departure will pave the way for City to capture Swansea’s Scott Sinclair as a replacement.
By Gareth McKnight