Sunderland joy as £6.5m Michael Turner buys into Steve Bruce's project

By Sportsmail Reporter
Last updated at 11:57 AM on 01st September 2009

Sunderland agreed a £6.5million deal for Hull defender .

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Sunderland’s interest and Turner, 25, who joined Hull from Brentford for £350,000 in 2006, has signed a four-year deal.

He becomes ’s seventh summer signing after , , Fraizer Campbell, , Paulo da Silva and loanee John Mensah.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Michael Turner of Hull

On the move: Michael Turner battles with Spurs striker Jermain Defoe

Bruce is looking to add two more and wants to offload up to nine players today.

Portsmouth are interested in Nyron Nosworthy, while is poised to join Stoke for £3.5m.

’s loan move to Coventry hit a hitch, the player wanting a permanent
deal. and Grant Leadbitter are set to join Ipswich for a combined £2.8m — rising to £4m.

Phil Bardsley, and Roy O’Donovan have been the subject of enquiries.

expect to land Teemu Tainio. Bruce, rebuffed in his efforts to sign Maynor
Figueroa from Wigan, has turned again to free agent , who has left West Ham.

On the Turner deal, Bruce said: ‘I believe Michael is one of the country’s premier
central defenders. His aerial ability provides us with another dimension at setpieces
at either end of the field. I’m delighted he has chosen to buy into what we are
trying to achieve here.’

Brentford will pick up about 15 per cent of the fee as a sell-on clause.



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