Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Hard Sell Needed to Become a Cat

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Hard Sell Needed to Become a Cat

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Byline: Mark Douglas

SUNDERLAND new boy Michael Turner might have been interesting Liverpool, Aston Villa and Spurs over the summer but he says that no hard sell was required to convince him to join the Black Cats revolution.

Turner trained with his new team-mates for the first time yes-terday after a move from Hull that represents great business for the Black Cats.

The Journal understands that, contrary to initial reports that Sunderland had paid pounds 12m, the Black Cats have spent just pounds 4m up front on a player on the fringes of the England squad. Paul McShane, valued at pounds 2.5m, was effectively included in a fee that was reported as pounds 6.5m. The fee can rise to double that, but it is based on the future success of both Turner and his new side - and is nowhere near the "silly money" that Hull boss Phil Brown claimed it was.

It is also perhaps a sign of the progress made in the summer months that Turner - unlike some of the targets that slipped through Sunderland's grasp - did not need to be convinced of the club's ambition to be a top-ten club. It is quite a coup for Bruce but the player insists that he never had any doubts about a move to the North East. "There was a lot of stuff in the papers and stuff like that talking about clubs but as soon as I knew that Steve Bruce had phoned up, there was only one place that I wanted to go," he said. "He didn't really have to sell the club to me at all. As soon as I knew of the interest, my mind was made up. This is definitely a top-ten club. You only have to look at the players the manager has brought in over the summer to see that. "The signings show the ambition of the club and I'm sure we can push on from where we are and really get things going." Turner will form a new-look first choice defensive partnership with fellow new boy John Mensah, leaving Anton Ferdinand and Nyron Nosworthy out in the cold. …

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