Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is backing winger Adam Johnson to be a big hit for the Black Cats after his arrival from Manchester City.
The England international last night signed a four-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
O’Neill has been on the Easington-born midfielder’s trail for several weeks after it became apparent that his days at the Etihad Stadium were drawing to a close, and Johnson’s arrival just hours after Wolves striker Steven Fletcher capped a good day for the Ulsterman.
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.”
Johnson, 25, is a product of Middlesbrough’s academy and has won 12 full England caps.
He told Sunderland’s website: “Coming back to the north east and Martin O’Neill were the two main factors, especially the gaffer and listening to what he had to say to me.”