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Rodwell leaves City for Sunderland in £10m switch


Jack Rodwell. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA

Jack Rodwell. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA

Jack Rodwell. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA

SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old failed to make his mark at the Etihad Stadium in two injury-plagued seasons after leaving Everton, and will now hope for a fresh start on Wearside.

No fee was announced by either club for a player capped three times by England, but reports put the figure around the £10million mark.

Rodwell was at one time viewed as one of the brightest young England hopes after making his debut for Everton at the age of 16 in 2007.

He became a regular for Everton, making 109 appearances before joining City for £12million in the summer of 2012 despite missing out on Euro 2012 due to a hamstring injury.

His career at the Etihad stalled however, not helped by further injury problems, and he made only seven Premier League starts during his time at City.

He will not be the first player to leave City in order to attempt to resurrect a career at Sunderland - winger Adam Johnson made the same switch in 2012 with notable success, while Joe Hart's understudy Costel Pantilimon has followed this summer.

However Johnson claimed last season it was almost impossible for players not belonging to the eight leading Premier League clubs to break into Roy Hodgson's England squad ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, West Brom have strengthened their defence after completing the signings of international duo Cristian Gamboa and Jason Davidson.

Gamboa, who played all five matches for Costa Rica at the World Cup, joins for an undisclosed fee from Norwegian side Rosenborg, with the versatile right-sided defender penning a three-year deal.

The signing was completed after an English Football Association appeal panel approved the 24-year-old's work permit application.

Baggies head coach Alan Irvine said: "As I commented the other day, it would have been amazing if Cristian had not been granted a work permit and we're obviously satisfied with today's outcome."