Stadium of Light side want to snap up rarely used Etihad Stadium winger.
SUNDERLAND are waiting to make their move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.
The England star, born on Wearside, could be sacrificed in a summer shake-up at the Etihad Stadium.
Johnson, 24 joined City from Middlesbrough for £7million two years ago but has failed to convince boss Roberto Mancini that he has a long-term future with the title-chasers.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Adam Johnson’s career is in danger of stagnating at the Etihad Stadium and the England winger has to make a choice between staying at Man City, and no doubt getting a huge wage for doing so, where his chances are few and far between or a move to a club that can offer him a better chance at getting regular first team football which could in turn help his career to progress.
The fact that the 24 year old winger was born and grew up near to Sunderland could also be a motivating factor as could the chance to play under in a Martin O’Neill side that has push onwards and upwards since Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this season.
The former Middlesbrough man has started just ten Premier League matches this term and may well be tempted by a move away from Man City though one wonders how much the club would demand for a winger they spent £7m on in February 2010 and just how much Sunderland are willing to offer the wide-man in terms of wages.
O’Neill may well be looking to play Johnson on one flank and the impressive James McClean on the other as he looks to produce the much needed ammunition his club needs to help take the Black Cats from being a mid-table side to one with a top six finish in their sights.