Stadium of Light boss wants Eastlands duo, but will he get them?
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Steve Bruce is looking to pull off a sensational double swoop for Manchester City pair Adam Johnson and Nedum Onuoha.
The Sunderland boss is ready to offer £6million for Onuoha, who has been on loan at the Stadium of Light this season and has proved a hit at right back and as an emergency centre half.
If he can secure a permanent deal in January for the 24-year-old defender, who has relished playing weekly first-team football on Wearside, Bruce has prepared an offer to take Sunderland-born England winger Johnson on loan for the rest of the season.
A year ago Bruce and his chairman Niall Quinn were certain they had secured Johnson from North East rivals Middlesbrough in a £6m deal, only for City to blow them out of the water with a last-minute bid.
Cash-strapped Boro accepted City’s lucrative offer, which topped £8m with its add-ons and Johnson was attracted by City’s £60,000-a-week wages.
The 23-year-old made a promising start under Roberto Mancini and has won five England caps since his move, but has struggled for a regular place at Eastlands.
He has started most of City’s Europa League ties, and only failed to appear in four games all season, but is growing frustrated because he has started just four Barclays Premier League games. Mancini has also been critical of the Middlesbrough Academy graduate, putting further strain on their relationship.(Daily Mail)
Take a look at the table and you will see that Steve Bruce has got is Sunderland side purring this season and therefore I guess there is no harm in the Black Cats boss putting in a cheeky offer for this Manchester City duo.
Clearly there chances of permanently landing defender Nedum Onuoha will be fairly good given that the 24 year old former England Under 21 international already appears to be surplus to requirements Eastlands. However a move for winger Adam Johnson may be a damn sight harder to complete. Roberto Mancini may well appear to not see the former Boro man as a regular first team starter but I don’t see the Italian looking to sell a player he only brought to the club in February.
Even bringing the England international in on loan may prove problematic as Mancini will want to have his entire squad available to him as he fights on multiple fronts. Come the summer things may be a lot clearer in terms of the future of the Sunderland born 23 year old.
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