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Sunderland sign City winger Johnson

Sunderland have completed the signing of Manchester City winger Adam Johnson on a four-year deal.

Johnson, 25, becomes Sunderland's second signing of the day, following the arrival of striker Steven Fletcher earlier on Friday afternoon and

Having struggled for regular playing time in Manchester, the England international has been forced to look elsewhere to continue his football.

Much to the delight of manager Martin O'Neill, the Black Cats were able to win the race for his signature, with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham thought to be interested.

O'Neill told the club's official website: "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, himself, added: "It feels fantastic [to be here]. I was born here and there have been rumours in the past about me coming here. 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 for me.

"He made it clear just how much he wanted me to come here. To know that and feel wanted and appreciated made me feel that it was the right choice to sign. With the manager's ambition and the players he's brought in already, the club is progressing quickly and that's another reason I wanted to sign.

"[It's exciting times] without a doubt. Sunderland mean business and the signings made suggest that. I want to perform on the pitch for the fans and I'm just looking forward to getting out there now."

Johnson began his career in the North East with Middlesbrough, where he graduated from the club's youth academy.

He joined City in February of 2010 for an undisclosed fee, however the former Watford and Leeds United loanee found first team opportunities limited at the Etihad Stadium and also endured a difficult relationship with manager Roberto Mancini.

Martin O'Neill has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad following the arrivals of Steven Fletcher, Louis Saha, and Carlos Cuellar already this summer.

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