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Norwich have confirmed that Sunderland are on the brink of signing midfielder Dickson Etuhu for £1.5m.

The 25-year-old former Manchester City and Preston player turned down an improved contract offer from the Canaries at the weekend


And the Nigerian is poised to become Roy Keane's fifth summer addition.


"We received an offer from Sunderland for Dickson which meets a £1.5m buy-out clause in his contract," said Norwich chief executive Neil Doncaster.


"We are very disappointed to lose Dickson, obviously.


"But the simple facts are that Dickson turned down the offer of a new, more lucrative contract from Norwich City which was already on the table, in favour of Sunderland's offer.


"We are therefore forced to accept their offer under the terms of his contract."


Sunderland boss Keane is optimistic of completing the loose ends on a deal.


He said: "We are hopeful. We hope it's nearly a done deal. Talks are going on and hopefully there might be news on that.


"He's a player I admire. He would give us something different to what we have got."


Etuhu began his career at Manchester City but started just 11 league games before signing for Preston in 2002 for £300,000.


He played nearly 150 games for North End before joining Norwich after a loan spell at Carrow Road.


Etuhu started 42 league games for Norwich last season - his first full campaign for the club following his £450,000 arrival from Preston in January 2006.


Keane completed the signing of Kieran Richardson from Manchester United on Monday for a fee believed to be £5.5m.


The Black Cats boss has also drafted in Greg Halford, Russell Anderson and Michael Chopra.


The It brings the total of his summer spending to £15.5m as the club prepare for their return to the Premiership.

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if he is the lad who played against us away form home last season in central defensive midfield im pleased with the transfer tbh he was probably the best player on the pitch that day IMO


Of course, he would be, wouldn't he?



They've said the same thing about the Reading lad they signed and the same about Chopra too.

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