My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Sunderland boss Bruce: We were close to signing Man City winger Johnson

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits regrets missing out on Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

Johnson scored his first goal for England on Friday night.

Bruce revealed: "Adam is a terrific player and we would have loved to have had him here.

"We were incredibly close in getting him on board last season.

"We spent months working on the deal, and for a while I was convinced we had him - the lad himself was convinced he was coming here.

"Then you have a club like Manchester City coming in and it is always going to be difficult to compete with that.

"In the end, they blew us out of the water, but you cannot be bitter about these things.

"I have been at Sunderland a year and Johnson was one of four or five big players we were within a whisker of getting, only for it to fall through."

 Need your Sunderland news fix? Click here for all Black Cats news and transfer rumours.

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?